Being let go or fired from your job can feel upsetting, humiliating and painful. Not only may you be worried about your financial situation and how you will continue to afford your living expenses while searching for a new job, but it will also damage your self-esteem and sense of worth. Due to the experience, you may lack the confidence you need to be enthusiastic in interviews and you may feel doubt in your own abilities.
If you were employed at-will, it’s true that your employer has the right to fire you at any time and without reason. It may have been the case that they needed to save money and they simply had to make the decision to let you go. However, while employers do not always need to give a reason for letting an employee go, they can never let an employee go for a discriminatory reason. In some cases, you may be able to take legal action against your former employer for wrongful termination. The following are some examples of this, and some tips for having the confidence to take action.
If your employer made any comment to make your feel discriminated against because of a protected characteristic, you may have been fired for a discriminatory reason. For example, if they asked about your religion, sexuality or nationality, you may be able to show that they exhibited discriminatory behavior.
If you recently filed for workers’ compensation, made a complaint or acted as a whistleblower, you may be protected from termination, and your former employer may have retaliated against you in firing you.
Having the confidence to take action
It can be scary to make a wrongful termination claim. However, if the facts are on your side, you should think about the inconvenience and stress that this experience has caused you to fuel the desire to take action.
By successfully proving wrongful termination, you may be able to gain back lost wages as well as additional damages.