Wrongful termination: Were you a victim?

There is no worse feeling than losing your job. If your employer fires you, it's important to learn more about why this happened and if you're in a position to take action against the company.

For example, you may feel that you were the victim of wrongful termination. There are many situations in which this comes into play, such as termination as the result of discrimination.

Here are some questions you should address:

  • Do you have direct evidence that your termination is due to discriminatory reasons? For example, you may be able to produce an email from a supervisor that shows the company's line of thinking.
  • Are other employees treated differently due to their gender, age or race?
  • Did you lose your job after complaining about sexual harassment, such as a supervisor acting inappropriately?
  • Before losing your job, did you report a potential violation within the company or to an outside organization?
  • Did your employer warn you against reporting violations, such as those pertaining to safety?
  • Did you have a written contract in place outlining your rights as an employee?

While these are some of the more important questions to address, there are many others that could come into play when reviewing your termination and what went wrong.

The most important thing is that you understand exactly what happened, as this will give you an idea of the steps you can take in the future. For example, there is a big difference between termination for discriminatory reasons and termination because you did not live up to your end of your contract.

If you have any reason to believe you are the victim of wrongful termination, don't wait too long to learn more about your legal rights. You'll want to take action in the immediate future, as this puts you in the best position to receive compensation.

There is no reason to be fearful of your previous employer. You need to do what's best for you, regardless of what the company says. 

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