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Steps to Take if You Become a Victim of Wrongful Termination

Being the victim of a wrongful termination can make you understandably, angry, sad, frustrated or any combination thereof. When you are dealing with a wrongful termination situation, here are some steps you should take.

  • Keep your cool: It can be very, very tempting to lash out against your former employer or seek some form of petty revenge, but this will severely damage any chance you have for legal protection or compensation in the form of a wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • Read your contract: Go back through your employment contract and handbook and see if your reason for termination is covered. If the issue for which you were terminated is not in your contract, there is a chance you have legal recourse.
  • Seek legal counsel: If you are still searching after checking your contract, you may have been dismissed unfairly. If you have any reason to believe your dismissal was unfair, you should get in touch with an attorney who handles wrongful termination cases. These types of attorneys are usually labor or whistleblower lawyers.
  • Take action: There are several methods you can take to protect your rights if you have been the victim of wrongful termination. If you decide to sue your employer, you will need to build a case that includes evidence related to your employment history, including copies of contracts, performance reviews, communications between you and your employer, witness accounts and anything else that could help you. You could also file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission if you were fired on discriminatory grounds.
  • Unemployment insurance: While in the process of taking the aforementioned steps, it can be helpful to cover yourself with unemployment insurance, if you are eligible for it.

For more information about what you should do if you’ve been wrongfully terminated, contact an experienced attorney at Kardell Law Group.

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