When you lose a job because of an act of wrongful termination, you may be eligible for compensation. If you are a victim of wrongful termination, you should follow a few steps to hold your employer accountable for breaking one or more state and/or federal employment laws.
How to Handle a Wrongful Dismissal
Wrongful termination can happen for one of several reasons, which include harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Let’s take a look at how you should respond to a case of wrongful termination.
Stay in Control
Anger is one of the emotions that can lead to the making of poorly thought-out decisions. The urge to let your employer know how you feel should be suppressed to ensure that you never lose control of the legal issues that surround an act of wrongful termination. Remain calm and do not give in to the temptation to give your employer a large piece of your mind.
Determine the Cause of Your Dismissal
Ask your employer to explain why you lost your job, preferably in the form of a written request. The letter you send should respectfully ask for the reason or reasons for your dismissal, as well as any documentation that backs up your employer’s claim that you lost your job for a valid reason. Since most employment relationships are based on the at-will legal principle, your employer might be able to fire you for just about any reason, as long as the reason is considered legal.
Gather and Organize Evidence
To win a wrongful termination case, you must submit evidence that demonstrates your employer violated one or more provisions of state and/or federal law. For example, if you lost your job because of discrimination, you must collect evidence that proves your employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The evidence to submit for a civil lawsuit and/or filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) includes emails, text messages, photographs, video images, and the results of performance reviews.
Contact an Employment Lawyer
Fighting back against wrongful dismissal requires the legal support of an employment attorney. A lawyer can help you gather and organize the evidence you need to submit a persuasive EEOC complaint, as well as a civil lawsuit. Since witness accounts represent an important element of building a compelling wrongful termination case, an employment attorney may interview potential witnesses to provide legal support for the physical evidence collected. Working with an employment lawyer may lead to a favorable legal settlement, which allows you to avoid a costly and time-consuming civil trial
If you lost your job because of an act of wrongful termination, you should take action immediately to hold your employer responsible for breaking a state and/or federal law. Although it can be difficult to move forward after a wrongful dismissal, procrastinating delays a legal outcome that should be in your favor. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.