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What are some signs of possible wrongful termination?

If you've been let go from a job recently, have you considered that you might have been wrongfully terminated? The law isn't on your side simply because you don't agree with a termination decision -- employers, like employees, do have rights. However, there are some signs that could point toward a wrongful firing.

If you were let go without any explanation at all, it might be a sign of a possible wrongful termination. While an at-will employer usually has a wide range of capabilities for terminating employment, most employers will tell you what happened anyway. They might simply state you weren't performing as expected or tell you that your services are not required anymore or the company is downsizing. Although these are vague reasons, they are, at least, something -- if your employer is completely closed-mouthed, then you might want to ask some questions.

Another possible sign of wrongful termination is that you are being let go because the employer says you were not performing up to standards, but all your performance reviews were acceptable or above. Either there's a problem with the employer's measuring system or you're being let go for a reason that the company doesn't want to verbalize.

Finally, if you're being let go after you file an internal complaint, bring up an issue of harassment or discrimination or report an issue to an agency such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, your firing might be out of retaliation. Note that none of these cues automatically mean you've been wrongfully terminated, but if you suspect that your termination isn't quite on the up-and-up, then consider speaking with an employment lawyer about your options.

Source: Forbes, "6 Big Reasons Employees Sue, And How To Protect Yourself," Brent Gleeson, accessed Sep. 09, 2016

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