Arkansas, like many other states, is an employment at will jurisdiction. Ostensibly, what this means is that, unless there is a contract stating otherwise, an employer can fire an employee for any reason — or no reason. But despite this broad pronouncement, there are numerous state and federal laws that prohibit employers from firing employees for certain reasons:
Wrongfully terminated employees may be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages as well as other forms of compensation. Even if you were not actually fired but voluntarily quit due to pervasive harassment or discrimination, you may have a claim for constructive discharge. But there are procedures and deadlines you must follow in order to preserve your right to seek a remedy for wrongful termination. An experienced Arkansas wrongful termination lawyer can help you take the necessary action.
The general rule of employment at will does not nullify the provisions of an employment contract, including both individual contracts and union collective bargaining agreements (CBA). Such agreements frequently contain some limitation on the employer’s ability to fire an employee — often a “good cause” requirement — and may also prescribe internal disciplinary and termination procedures. When employers fail to honor these agreements, employees may have legal recourse.
Losing a job unexpectedly is nearly always a difficult experience. And if you are fired for unfair or improper reasons, it can be even more unpleasant and cause feelings of powerlessness and cynicism. While employers have broad authority to hire and fire employees, there are still a number of reasons for termination that are — quite simply — legally and socially unacceptable. The Sanford Law Firm understands the laws that protect employees from unjust termination and help those who have been unjustly fired to hold their employers accountable. We stand out from other Arkansas wrongful termination law firms in that we exclusively represent employees, providing the attention and service they deserve.
The Sanford Law Firm has an impressive record of helping workers hold their former employers accountable for wrongful termination. Our offices in Little Rock and Russellville proudly serve workers throughout Arkansas. But we are ready and willing to work in other states — wherever workers need a strong and principled advocate. Call our Little Rock office at 501-476-6251 or toll free at or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your employment issue.