No one likes being terminated from a job. The feeling of rejection and abandonment is not entirely easy to take on a psychological level. There are also the financial consequences that will soon come into play because you have now lost your source of income. The sudden loss of your job will also have negative career consequences, as future employers will scrutinize your job history to determine what’s “wrong” with you when, in fact, the only thing “wrong” is that you were unlawfully terminated.
In some cases, however, you might feel an extreme sense of injustice and unfairness after being terminated. In these situations, you might want to look at your situation more closely to determine if you were “wrongfully terminated.”
What constitutes a wrongful termination? Something could be construed to be a wrongful termination if one of the following conditions is present:
- The termination violated a state or federal anti-discrimination law.
- The termination was related to sexual harassment retaliation.
- The termination violated an employment agreement (either written or oral).
- The termination violated state or federal labor laws.
- The termination was retaliation against an employee who filed a complaint, made an oral complaint, refused to engage in unlawful activity, was a whistleblower or participated in an investigation against the employer.
Do any of the above apply to the circumstances under which you lost your job? You might want to investigate the various facts that apply to your case. In some cases, an employee who pursues a wrongful termination lawsuit can receive money to pay for his or her lost income, lost opportunity and other damages caused by the unjust loss of a job.