“You’re fired” are words that nobody wants to hear. When you are fired from a job, it can leave you worried about the future, upset, and maybe even angry.
You’ll no doubt have a lot of questions about your employee rights, and you will want to know more information from your former employers.
But what can you do when you are fired, and you believe it to be a mistake? In this article, we’ll take a look at whether you will have a case for wrongful termination against your employers.
What to Check if You’ve Lost Your Job
If you lose your job, you should immediately find out about any compensation, benefits, references, and unemployment that is due to you. Contact the HR department of your former employer to find out this information.
What Not to Say When You’re Fired
When you’re fired, try to keep your cool. You may want to make a big speech or cause a scene; however, this will only make a bad situation much worse. Keep calm, be polite, and ask questions.
Does My Employer Need to Give Notice of Termination
If you’re fired or laid-off, then your employer doesn’t necessarily need to give you any notice unless the employee is covered by a specific contract, the WARN Act, or a collective bargaining agreement. For the majority of workers, none of these things will apply.
Why Were You Fired?
Were you fired for a cause? Your employer may have terminated your contract because you were constantly late, had a bad attitude, spent too much time on social media, or had stolen from them.
It is essential that you find out whether you were terminated for a cause as opposed to getting laid off, as this will determine whether you are eligible for unemployment.
What is Wrongful Termination?
When we talk about a wrongful termination, we refer to someone getting illegally terminated from their job. Often, this will involve getting fired when connected to a protected class. There are several protected classes, including disability, race, age, pregnancy, and sexual orientation.
There are several other things for which it is illegal to fire employees, including whistleblowing. It is also illegal to make up things that are not true about an employee and their performance in the workplace.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, then you may be able to appeal the decision.
How Much Compensation Can You Expect When Settling a Wrongful Termination Case?
Many factors will affect the case settlement amount. These include what you were earning before termination as well as how being fired has affected your ability to carry on working in the future.
Often, payouts for a non-executive are in the region of around $100,000.
What to Do if You Get Sacked
If you hear the words “you’re fired,” the first thing that you should do is to consider whether there is a potential case for wrongful termination. Get in touch with an attorney to find out.
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