There are many ways in which a worker's rights are protected. Any time an employer violates one of these rights, an employee is justified in taking legal action against the employer. Often times, these situations arise when an employer subjects an employee to discriminatory practices such as firing or lowering the employee's wages because of gender, sexual identity, race or age. These situations may also arise when an employer fires an employee based on something the employee is legally permitted to do.
According to labor laws, employees are legally permitted to stage protests and strikes against their employers when it is believed the employer engaged in unfair practices. If an employer fires a worker for taking part in a legally protected protest or strike, that employer is violating the worker's rights and the firing could be considered wrongful termination.