Getting fired sucks, even if it’s from a job you don’t love. For many of us a job is a defining characteristic – an important part of who we are, and how we see ourselves. It is not surprising that we are oftentimes hurt when that job is taken away from us. The termination of one’s employment can lead to a wide range of emotions, ranging anywhere from the temporary sting of rejection, to severe anxiety and prolonged depression. The loss of a job can, and oftentimes is an even bigger blow when we feel that we were fired wrongfully, or for improper reasons. The sense of injustice worsens the termination exponentially. Should you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation there are a number of things which you should avoid doing.
- Do NOT “Go Out with a Bang.” Employees who have been fired from their jobs should resist the temptation to go on a tirade, yell at their boss, or curse their employer on their way out the door. The satisfaction that these outbursts bring pass in a matter of seconds while their consequences can haunt the terminated employee for a long time to come. The better approach is to remain calm and professional at least until after the employee has had an opportunity to consult an experienced employment lawyer about their rights.
- Do NOT Threaten to Sue – Even if a terminated employee has made up his mind to file a lawsuit against his employer, the employee stands to gain nothing from announcing his intentions to the whole world. The better approach is to refrain from making public announcements regarding the employee’s intention to sue at least until after he has had an opportunity to consult an experienced employment lawyer about their rights.
- Do NOT Post on Facebook. When terminated an employee often feels compelled to vent on social media. The desire to tell the truth is powerful, but it is best to avoid social media altogether while a lawsuit is contemplated or pending.
These are just a few of the things one should avoid doing after being wrongfully terminated from a job. Each situation is different and any terminated employee should consult with an experienced employment law attorney to find the right solution for their particular situation.
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