The last thing you want to think about is losing your job. Adding to this, you never want to get the feeling that you were a victim of a wrongful termination. Unfortunately, this can happen.
Whether or not you were the victim of a wrongful termination depends on many factors. Here are some things to think about if you believe you have a wrongful termination claim:
- The terms and conditions of any contract you have with your employer
- Anti-discrimination laws
- Whistleblower retaliation laws
- Protected time off, such as through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Termination policies
Just because your employer terminates your employment doesn't necessarily mean you are in position to make a wrongful termination claim. Instead, you need to learn more about what went wrong, with an eye toward any illegal action taken by your employer.
For example, if this was the result of doing something illegal at work, you may not have much ground to stand on in regard to filing a wrongful termination claim.
Conversely, if your termination was the result of notifying a government agency about the wrongdoing of your company, there are laws in place to protect you. The same holds true with respect to discrimination at your place of employment.
If you have any reason to believe you were the victim of wrongful termination, the first thing you should do is read your employee handbook. Along with this, take detailed notes of what went wrong and the steps you took to attempt to resolve the issue.
The more information you collect the easier it is to understand your legal rights. Once you know where things stand, you can decide which steps to take next. Depending on your findings, it's not out of the question to file a wrongful termination claim. This may be the best thing you can do to protect yourself and potentially receive compensation for the situation you were put in.