If you’re told you’re losing your job, it’s important to better understand the circumstances surrounding your termination. Neglecting to do so can result in a situation in which your legal rights are violated.
It doesn’t matter if you saw your termination coming or you were caught off-guard, it’s critical that you quickly determine if you were the victim of wrongful termination. If you believe that you were, there are steps you can take to protect your rights as an employee in New Jersey.
Here are some of the many types of evidence that can point toward wrongful termination:
- The language your employer used to terminate you: For example, if your supervisor terminated your employment face to face, take good notes in regard to what they said. If they slipped in any way, it can work in your favor when protecting your legal rights. Here’s an example: We have to terminate your employment as a result of your participation in the whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Your supervisor may think this is okay to say, but there are state and federal laws in place to protect you.
- Conversations with former co-workers: Don’t hesitate to consult with former co-workers about anything they’ve heard about your termination. They may be able to shed light on what people are saying after you’ve left the company, some of which could be illegal.
- Your employment contract: If you have an employment contract, read it carefully to understand the reasons for termination. Your employer isn’t likely to share the real reason for your termination, but your contract can give you a clear idea of where to begin as you create a plan for fighting back. Also, read through your employee handbook for additional information.
Even if there doesn’t seem to be much evidence of wrongful termination, continue to dig around if you suspect this was the case. It’s safe to assume that your employer is doing its best to cover up the real reason, such as if they’re discriminating against you as a result of your age, sex, disability or religion.
If you suspect wrongful termination, collect evidence, devise a plan and learn more about the laws that protect you against this.