Losing a job is one of the most difficult things for California employees to endure. Not only will these individuals need to figure out how they’re going to pay their bills, but they are also contending with a loss of purpose and identity. These difficulties become even more pronounced when job loss is due to unfair termination. If you have been terminated unfairly from your job, there are some steps you can take to rectify the situation.
Were you fired illegally?
Since California is an employment at will state, your employer can fire you for virtually any reason without violating employment law.
However, there are some laws that prohibit employers from firing employees based on certain criteria, and this includes:
- Gender identity
- National origin
- Physical or mental disability
- Military status
- Sexual orientation
- Refusal to participate in illegal activities
Some employers will let terminated employees review their personnel files. If you are looking over your file and do not see any notes referencing your termination, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Maintain your composure
Involuntary job loss is among the most stressful life events a person can face. Experts give job loss a high rating on the scale of stressful life events because it takes a significant emotional toll. In spite of experiencing strong emotions, you cannot allow them to rule over you because when you give into your emotions, you can make serious mistakes.
Whether you are discussing your termination with your employer or other professionals who can assist you with your case, always maintain professionalism. If you become combative, your former employer will likely refuse to talk to you about your termination, and you can make more trouble for yourself, such as by incurring lawsuits and damaging your professional image.
Working with a lawyer substantially increases the chances of a successful outcome. The lawyer can advise you about what steps to take along with what to avoid that can potentially hurt your case.