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.

There are a number of standard reasons for firing an employee that are usually illegal, so you should always check them first to see if your termination qualifies. These include asserting some legal right that you hold, or complaining about unsafe working conditions. It is also illegal to terminate a person for reporting illegal activities occurring in the workplace. If your termination followed any of these actions on your part, then you should certainly consult with professional legal counsel. Just because it is illegal doesn’t mean an employer won’t try to get away with it!

If you do believe that your termination violated the law or your rights, then you should gather as much documentation as you can surrounding the termination. This can be tricky, especially if you have already been fired, but a skilled attorney can guide you through the best channels to do so. It is also worth noting that you should always consult with legal counsel when obtaining workplace manuals or documents to strengthen your case. Your employer may countersue you for violating a privacy agreement, if one exists.

If you believe, for any reason, that your firing was unjust or illegal, do not hesitate to seek out strong professional guidance. With proper help from an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights remain secure as you fight for just treatment.

Source: Findlaw, “Your Rights when Losing or Leaving a Job,” accessed April 27, 2017