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Can you file a wrongful termination complaint in Hawaii?

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2024 | Employment Law

Hawaii is an at-will state, meaning employers do not have to provide any reason when laying off employees. However, residents can still file a wrongful termination complaint under certain circumstances.

As an employee, it is critical to be aware of your rights if you believe that your employer’s decision to fire you was based on unlawful reasons. Here’s what you need to know.

Illegal termination in Hawaii

Your termination is unlawful if your contract specifies that your boss must give you a reason for a layoff. If this term is a part of your employment contract, you may file a wrongful termination report against your manager if they fail to give a valid reason for firing you.

If you are a part of a union that is under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with your employer, you can also report them if they let you go for no reason. Generally, this agreement details crucial information regarding your rights, responsibilities and working conditions as an employee.

You can also report your boss for unlawful termination if they fire you because of your race, age, sexual orientation or religion. This employment practice is discriminatory and violates civil rights laws in the state.

Protect your rights as an employee

You can report discriminatory employment practices to the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC). The commission enforces state legislation prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and access to public services.

If you are a union member, you may contact your union representative, who can help you take action against your manager. If you want to sue your employer for illegal termination, you may consult a lawyer to investigate your claim and determine whether you have a case.