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What To Do If You've Been Wrongfully Terminated

March 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

When you lose your job, regardless of whether you were fired or laid off, it's always hard to understand your employer's reason behind it. After doing some soul searching what if you realize you were let go for an unlawful reason? If this is the case of you, then you have the right to bring a wrongful termination claim against your former employer. What does this mean? You can get money damages, severance packages and other compensation. Follow this guide from a civil rights attorney to see if you lost your job due to a wrongful termination and what you can do about it.

What is the definition of "Wrongful Termination?"

If you have been let go or fired from your job for an illegal reason then you have been wrongfully terminated. Some of the illegal reasons for losing your job may include:

Firing you based on your race, gender, sexual orientation and other discriminatory reasons.

Firing you because you refused sexual advances and other sexual harassment reasons.

Firing you despite previous oral and written employment agreements.

Firing in retaliation for any complaints you have made against the employer.

If any of these apply to you, then you might be entitled to a money payment based on your lost wages and other expenses you accrued from being terminated. Also depending on the case, you might be entitled to get payments from your employer and also from the person who fired you.

What To Do If You've Been Fired

Ignore any ill feelings you have towards your employer. Don't do something that you might regret and hinder your case.

Contact a civil rights attorney for advice and representation.

Find your contract and go over it thoroughly. Make sure you understand all the fine print.

Get a letter in writing from your employer about why you were terminated. And ask who was the person that decided that you were to be fired.

Think of any promises the employer made to you and see if they followed through on any of them.

Make sure you return any company property.

Do not allow yourself to be intimidated. A good civil rights attorney will be there for you every step of the way helping you build you case.

Request A Severance Package

Technically, an employer doesn't have to give a fired or laid off employee a severance package if their contract does not stipulate it. However, if the employee feels they have been wrongfully terminated, they can negotiate a severance package with the company in exchange for not filing charges against the employer.

An employment attorney can explain your options and help your decide whether negotiation a severance package or a wrongful termination claim will make more sense in your situation.

If you feel that have been fired for an illegal reason, you may have rights to severance pay, damages, or unemployment compensation. Speaking with an experience civil rights attorney can help you understand your rights and make an informed decision about how to proceed.

If you feel that you've been the victim of a wrongful termination please contact a civil rights attorney for more information about your rights.

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