You thought you were doing everything right. You were working hard, avoiding conflict, AND making sure the TPS reports had the right coversheets.
Regardless, the floor got pulled out from underneath you and now you’re saying, “I was just fired from my job…what the heck do I do now?”
Was My Firing Wrongful? Here’s How to Tell
If you live in the state of California, you need to know that you as a worker have certain rights designed to protect you from wrongful termination.
Wrongful terminations usually occur when an employer fires employees due to discrimination or retaliation.
Under California Law, it is illegal to fire someone for things such as race, religion, disability, health status, age or gender.
It is also illegal to fire someone in retaliation for exercising his or her employment rights or trying to enforce them.
Retaliation examples include whistleblowing or reporting labor violations, such as if you reported an instance of sexual harassment and were then fired as a result.
If your employer has fired you because you spoke up against safety or health dangers in the workplace that would be retaliation and would likely be a wrongful termination.
Unfortunately, your employer isn’t the only one who has the power to inflict damage on you and your future. The following are things employees need to make sure they avoid, despite any wrongdoing they’ve been force do endure.
Mistakes Employees NEED To Avoid
One of the worst things that can happen after being fired from your job is that your emotions get the best of you and you do something a bit…crazy.
You might be tempted to lash out at your boss. You might be tempted to cause a scene and further justify your firing. Don’t.
If you have a case for wrongful termination, raising a fuss and causing trouble at work on your way out the door will only help justify that your firing was NOT wrongful.
The other big mistake employees make is failing to keep documentation of their incident.
Memos, emails, and other evidence that you can use to prove you were fired wrongfully will be extremely important later on.
To determine if your firing was indeed wrongful, you should consult a lawyer, and he or she will examine the case to see what can be done to help get you compensated for a wrongful termination.
Threatening your former employer with litigation is not going to help.
If you threaten litigation, your employer might take actions that are detrimental to your case that are hard to uncover later. Keep it between you and your lawyer until the time is right.
Getting fired is a devastating experience. You may feel like there is no hope. Try to keep in mind that this is only a temporary setback.
If you believe you may have a case for wrongful termination, or that your former employer violated your rights in any way, we’re here to help.
We will provide you with a free case evaluation with no obligation to retain our firm.
Call (949) 724-9200 or fill out our form to get help from experienced legal professionals that have helped employees recover hundreds of millions of dollars.