If you have been fired, or otherwise advised you will be fired, keep in mind the following tips:
- Be respectful. Don’t argue, yell, or otherwise be disrespectful;
- Be careful and don’t threaten anyone;
- Don’t threaten to sue the company;
- The less said the better;
- If you are requested to draft and sign an exit interview form, think again. This can be used against you later;
- If you feel like your termination, write up, counseling or discipline is unfair, it may also be illegal or discriminatory;
- Keep in mind there are time limitations for any potential legal claims. These time limitations are extremely short [maximum 300 days] to file a Charge of Discrimination with EEOC.
- You may be entitled to unemployment benefits. If you file for unemployment, and win, your employer may appeal and you should consider legal representation, if there is ever a hearing to determine your entitlement to unemployment benefits.
- Consult with an attorney before signing any release of claims.
If you have been fired, or threatened with termination, you may have been the victim of harassment or discrimination. You should consult with a Board Certified Labor and Employment attorney, such as Jeffrey A. Goldberg, to evaluate your case to help you assess whether there are any legal claims associated with your situation.
You should know that the companies have their own labor counsel, or outside labor counsel on retainer, to assist with employment terminations. You have the same right to consult with an attorney of your choice to help you through one of the most difficult and challenging times in your life.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Goldberg, we represent employees, former employees and executives who have been terminated, or otherwise harassed in the workplace. Call us for a free case evaluation.