You never want to learn that your employer is terminating your employment, but this could happen at some point. Should it occur, it’s critical to turn your attention to the circumstances surrounding your dismissal.
Here are some of the many examples of wrongful termination:
- Termination resulting from your gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion: By law, your employer is not legally permitted to terminate your employment for any of these reasons.
- Termination for blowing the whistle: As whistleblower, you have protection under both state and federal laws. If you speak out against your company, keep your eyes open for retaliation. Your employer may terminate your employment as a means of getting back at you.
Also, if you face termination for taking Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for a newborn child or as a result of pregnancy complications, your employer is not permitted to terminate your employment. While it’s important that you notify your employer of your leave as far in advance as possible, they must adhere to the terms and conditions of this law.
If you suspect wrongful termination, collect evidence to back up your claim. From there, ask your HR department for more information on the reason for your departure. Depending on what you find, you may be in position to take legal action as a means of holding your former employer responsible.
As a victim of wrongful termination, you have two choices: Walk away from the company and consider yourself lucky or fight back in an attempt to keep your job and/or obtain compensation for your employer’s wrongdoing.