What Is Wrongful Termination? - Definition & Conditions


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Which of the following is a reason why an at-will employee can file a wrongful termination lawsuit?

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1. In the Oracle case, which of the following was true regarding the employee's termination?

2. Kelly works as a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. She recently found out some of her coworkers who are selling a new cholesterol medication are giving kickbacks to physicians that recommend and write prescriptions for it to their patients. Kelly tells her manager, and he says not to worry about it since it is not hurting anyone. Kelly decides to take her concerns to the local police. Soon after that her company is under investigation, and she is let go. This is an example of a wrongful termination due to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While proving you have been illegally terminated from employment is difficult, it is not impossible. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of when an employer may be liable for wrongful termination. You'll be asked to define various types of wrongful termination and analyze a scenario of potential wrongful termination.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on the following features of wrongful termination:

  • The definition of wrongful termination
  • When wrongful termination may occur
  • Types of wrongful termination

Skills Practiced

These assessments will allow students to test their knowledge using the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as retaliation and whistleblowing violations
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of illegal firing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what constitutes wrongful termination

Additional Learning

To find out more about how an employer may be liable for firing an employee, take a look at the lesson called What is Wrongful Termination? - Definition & Conditions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining wrongful termination
  • Providing examples of illegal firing
  • Examining a real case involving wrongful termination