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Wrongful Termination Archives

Do not automatically accept or pursue a severance package

When you are terminated from a job, you may have the option of accepting or pursuing a severance package. However, depending on your circumstances, taking the severance may not actually be in your best interests. It is always wise to weigh your options with the help of an experienced attorney who understands how to fight for what is truly best for you, your career and your future.

Was your firing unjust or illegal?

Anytime you are fired, the emotional weight of the moment can make it very difficult to focus on what steps you can take to protect and defend yourself. It can be especially difficult to know in the moment if your termination was possibly illegal. If you were recently let go, it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney to determine if any aspect of your termination may have violated the law, and explore your legal options in response.

Sick days and termination: is it wrongful?

Getting a sick day sounds like it should be a constitutional right. Unfortunately, the federal constitution does not promise workers sick days. Additionally, there are no federal laws that require companies to give sick days (although there could be a state law). The United States is an "at will" employment country, that means the baseline rule is that anyone can quit for any reason and anyone can fire you for any reason (except for a handful of exceptions like racism and sexism).

Why do wrongful termination suits often settle out of court?

The kinds of novels you might find in an airport would have you believe that a brazen, determined employee can embark on wrongful termination suit and eventually bring the whole system crashing to the ground around her, having solved an international crisis in the process. In reality, this is rarely if ever how wrongful termination suits play out (let alone harrowing international crises). Most of the time, wrongful termination suits are settled out of court, for a number of reasons.

What protections do I have if I speak out?

As an employee, you have the right to work in a workplace that's free from unsafe conditions. If you see hazardous conditions that could affect you and your co-workers, there's a moral calling to report it. Unfortunately, some employers may not like the extra scrutiny and financial obligations they'll incur in order to fix the issue. Since you're the one who spoke out, you become a target of retaliation. That could be:

How to know if you have a case for wrongful termination

When you go to work on time, rarely call in sick and never clock out early, you may be caught completely by surprise to get a call into your Human Resource manager's office where you are informed the company is parting ways with you. You are then given only a couple of minutes, with a member of management supervising, with which to gather your belongings and leave. There is no chance to notify clients you have developed relationships with and no time to clear your computer of anything private.

Knowing your rights in a wrongful termination case

In most cases, employment relationships can be terminated by either party with little need for a valid reason. However, there are circumstances where it may be unlawful for employers to dismiss employees without just cause. One such example is when an employee feels they may have been terminated as a form of retaliation for refusing a particular direction given by the employer because the employee felt it was unethical or illegal to do so. In cases such as these, claims may be filed against the company. However, there are guidelines involved in filing these cases that the employee should be aware of.

Worker fired after being threatened by her co-worker

Being fired is never a pleasant experience. A worker who is fired may, in addition to dealing with the financial repercussions, suffer from depression, self-doubt and fear about the future. Typically people are fired because they fail to adequately perform their duties or because they deliberately breach their company's code of conduct. Other times, however, people are fired for reasons that are completely illegal, an action known as "wrongful termination."

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