Steps to Take if You Have Been Wrongfully Terminated

By Susan McGuire posted 01-20-2021 10:17 PM


Everyone can agree that precious little good has come out of Covid-19, but one good thing that has happened is that people’s attitudes have changed. 

They have learned to appreciate- and to hold on to the job they have. But what if Covid-19 has brought you nothing but loss? What steps can you take if you have been wrongfully terminated? After all, jobs are hard to come by these days. 

A good lawyer is indispensable

If you believe you have lost your job unlawfully, one of the more important steps to take is to be in contact with a good lawyer. The Arenson Law Group is highly skilled in a host of legal issues and they believe you may well have a claim against your employer. 

You can’t do it on your own as it can be challenging and demoralizing and involve a whole lot of complex legal procedures. If you were employed under an employment contract, your employer can’t fire you for any reason not in the contract. This is a breach of the employment contract.

It goes without saying that suddenly being without a job will mean financial strain for you. You may well be entitled to compensation. File a complaint. You may be able to recover compensation that can help you financially. Who knows, you may even get your job back.

Get to the bottom of your termination

You’re entitled to an explanation as to why your services were terminated. Your employer may rattle off some or other reason for firing you when, in fact, there may be a deeper reason – one that is illegal.

They may simply just not like you. They may have their eye on a younger, attractive someone who they want for improved performance. They may not like the color of your skin and they simply want to work you out. You can’t fire a person for these reasons, and you are entitled to sue then.

You may need to get in touch with your administrative officer. Were you fired without any warning letters? You will want your admin officer to get hold of your personal file to see what documentation there is warning you of your imminent termination.

Collect evidence

While your termination is still fresh in your mind, try and document everything, such as dates and times. You must remember that the success of a termination lawsuit depends on the amount of evidence you can collect.

You need to gather as much evidence as you possibly can to help with the success of your case and to make it more believable. You must surely have received text messages and emails leading up to your dismissal. Possibly there were some eyewitnesses to some incidents. These things will add authenticity to your case. While everything is still fresh in your mind, write an account of events as soon as you can after being fired.

Filing a lawsuit

Sometimes a person files a lawsuit because the regulatory agency wasn’t able to reach a settlement. An attorney can explain the process of filing an employment lawsuit. They will tell you if you have a case or not and whether you should go for a settlement as opposed to suing your employer.

Depending on your particular circumstances, it may be more beneficial to take the case to trial. The court may award generous compensation, taking into account all the money you’ve lost since the time you were fired. 

Nothing is set in stone, and in fact, you have a number of options available to you when you suspect irregular ties with your dismissal. Depending on the state you’re in and its laws, there are a few reasons for termination that are unlawful. Legal cases can be long and arduous, so it is important to make up your mind and move forward with your chosen lawyer.