It's not always easy to understand what it means to be wrongfully terminated from your job. There is a lot that goes into this, so it's important to collect as much information as possible as to clear the air and help you determine which steps to take next.
Here are some of the many details you should review:
- The reason for your termination. If your employment is considered at-will, it doesn't mean that your company can fire you for any reason. For example, a termination that violations an anti-discrimination law is illegal.
- The many forms of discrimination. There is more than one form of discrimination, including those on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion and disability (among others).
- Contractual obligations. If you signed an employment contract, your employer is bound to the terms and conditions within. An example of this would be a contract stating that you will remain an employee for a minimum of three years. If you are terminated early, you may be able to file a wrongful termination lawsuit to seek compensation.
You hope that you never have to deal with a wrongful termination, but you never know if this could impact you or a loved one, such as a spouse, in the future.
If you think you were wrongfully terminated, it's time to learn more about your legal rights and to collect as much information as possible as it relates to your employment. Only then will you know where things stand, as well as which steps you can take to protect your legal rights in the future.
Source: FindLaw, "Was I Wrongfully Discharged From My Job?," accessed Sep. 15, 2017