Getting fired is never easy. In fact, it can be a big hit to the ego. That being said, there are times when you can see it coming, and times when it is completely unexpected. In fact, you may feel like you were terminated for the wrong reasons. You may have a lawsuit if this is the case.
Here are some reasons that may be considered wrongful termination.
Your company didn’t follow their policy on termination. All companies need to have a detailed protocol on their termination process. Most will require a certain amount of reprimands and warnings before they decide to fire someone. They can’t fire someone without giving them a warning. You should never be caught off guard when you lose your job.
Your contract wasn’t over. Many companies have contracts with their employees, holding them to their job for a certain amount of time. They can’t fire any employees until their contracts are up, unless they have a good reason.
You were facing discrimination. Discrimination is a tricky one. Your employers have to have good reason to fire you. Otherwise, you may have a case if you believe that you were let go due to your beliefs, age, sex, marital status, and much more. Employers will have to have sufficient information to prove that you were fired because of your job performance. You have to prove that you were treated unfairly during your entire work period.
You feel like the company acted unfairly. Many states don’t allow employees to be fired for some unfair employment practices. This is considered a breach of good faith and fair dealing. Some companies fire someone just so that they can hire someone that they can pay less. You may even be fired instead of getting your sales commission. If you are afraid that your company didn’t act the way that they should have, you may want to consult a lawyer.
You feel like you were fired for being a whistle-blower. If you believe that your company isn’t acting right, you have a right to talk to someone about it, without worrying about the retaliation. You can’t be fired because you took action against your company or another employee in it.
The company is trying to ruin your reputation after you were let go. Also known as defamation, this occurs when false facts are spread around about you, ruining your reputation and good standing in the community. Not only could you start a lawsuit against wrongful termination, but you may also have one for defamation too! This is especially true if you can’t find another job because of the fall-out from this one.
Though people get fired all of the time, the truth is that there are times when it happens unfairly. You should always be warned before you lose your job so that you have a chance to make it right. You also can’t get fired if you have a contract for a certain amount of time. You also have a right to take action against your company if they aren’t acting right. Whistle-blowers are protected. You also shouldn’t have to worry about your reputation. If you can’t find another job, you may be eligible for a defamation lawsuit on top of the wrongful termination one!
If you believe that you lost your job unfairly, it is important that you contact us today. We will be glad to sit down with you to discuss what happened and what your options are. If you decide to follow through with your lawsuit, we will be with you every step of the way. You won’t have to face this on your own!