Getting fired is undoubtedly a challenging and emotionally charged event in one’s life. However, for employees who feel that they have been wrongfully terminated by their employers, it is important to approach this transition with resilience and a strategic mindset. In this blog, we will explore some things to look out for and offer practical tips and insights to help individuals protect their rights.
Memorializing the Employer’s Stated Reason for the Termination
When an employee gets fired, and believes that the termination is unlawful, a very important thing that the employee can do is memorialize the employer’s reason for the termination.
Wrongful termination litigation centers around the true reason for the termination of employment. Employers will invariably claim that they had a legitimate non-discriminatory, non-retaliatory reason for determination. Employees on the other hand will claim that the true motivation behind the termination is some illegal reason. Once a lawsuit is filed and lawyers are involved, skilled defense attorneys will attempt to insert additional excuses for the employer’s decision to fire the employee, not based on reality but rather on what they think they can prove in court with the documents and witnesses they have available to them.
A good way to avoid such litigation revisionism is to document and memorialize the employer’s reason for the termination. The employees should, for that reason, consider requesting a termination letter that explains why they were fired.
Getting the employee to commit to a single claimed reason for the termination makes it easier to later show that the employer’s stated reason for letting the employee go is pretextual.
Regardless of the circumstances leading to your termination, maintaining professionalism is key. Your conduct during the exit process and afterward contributes to your professional reputation. Be gracious, express gratitude for the opportunities, and leave on a positive note.
Networking and Seeking References
Leverage your professional network for support and potential job leads. Inform colleagues and supervisors of your availability and seek their assistance in providing references. A strong professional network can be a powerful asset during times of transition.
Exploring New Opportunities
Use this period to explore new opportunities. Assess your skills, interests, and passions to identify industries or roles that align with your career goals. Consider pursuing additional training or certifications to enhance your qualifications.
Seeking Legal Advice
If you have concerns about the legality of your termination or believe it was unjust, consult with an employment attorney. They can assess your situation and advise you on potential legal recourse.
Taking Care of Your Well-being
Job loss can take a toll on mental health. Take care of yourself by maintaining a routine, staying active, and seeking emotional support from friends, family, or professionals if needed.
Contact Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. for Advice
Navigating termination is undoubtedly a challenging experience, but it can also be a catalyst for positive change and growth. By approaching this transition with a proactive mindset, maintaining professionalism, and utilizing available resources, you can turn the page and embark on a new chapter in your professional journey.
Contact Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. for questions about wrongful termination, or other aspects of employment law. With decades of experience, hundreds of satisfied clients, outstanding results, a complimentary case evaluation, and contingency fees, it’s no wonder why Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. is the firm of choice across Southern California. Learn more to fortify your career against unjust practices by recognizing, preventing, and addressing wrongful termination in the workplace.