There are many times when employers wrongfully terminate employees. They might do so because of not understanding the processes that they are supposed to follow. In some cases, they may do so due to retaliation.
As an employee, it’s important for you to know your rights. Here are three times when you may have been wrongfully terminated that you should consider carefully. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, then it’s a good time to look into your legal options.
You were fired because of performance, but others were not, despite having the same or worse performance evaluations
The first situation to consider is if you were fired for poor performance but performed the same or better than others. If your review was significantly better than some others who were not let go, then discrimination or other factors could be at play.
You were discharged because of making a report about discrimination or harassment
Employers are not legally able to retaliate against individuals for filing discrimination or harassment complaints. If you made a complaint and were let go shortly after, then you may have a case of wrongful termination against your employer.
You were ordered to deploy for the military, so your employer terminated you
With military service, your employer may be required to hold your position while you’re deployed or to make accommodations for you once you return. If they do not, then they may have violated the law.
Our site has more on wrongful termination and what you can do if you think you’ve been terminated unfairly.