Arizona is an at-will employment state, which means that an employee can be terminated at any time, unless there is a written agreement to the contrary, for any reason or no reason at all; she or he just can't be fired for a "bad" reason. Generally, this means that an employee cannot be fired on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, age, or status in another protected class. Arizona also prohibits an employer from firing an employee for, among other things, whistle-blowing, jury duty, service in the military. Both Arizona law and federal law also prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.
What does this mean for you? Perhaps the most commonly-held misconception among the employees with whom we meet is that they have been "wrongfully terminated" because their employer, manager, or supervisor is a jerk or fired them for no reason. Unless you believe your supervisor was mean to you for one of the above reasons (i.e., on the basis of your race, sex, disability, age, or because you took protected actions), an employee does not state a claim for wrongful termination under Arizona law.
We represent both employers and employees with respect to their rights and obligations under federal and state employment laws. We counsel employers regarding their rights and responsibilities under the law and represent them when an employment dispute ends up in court, in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), or in the Arizona Civil Rights Division ("ACRA").
Our lawyers have significant experience handling cases filed under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), state employment and wage laws, and other state and federal laws that govern the employment relationship.