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What to do if you think your employer fired you illegally

If you recently lost your job in California, it may have left you wondering what to do next. Before you walk away from the situation, you may want to consider whether you were wrongfully terminated. We at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton often help people evaluate whether an employer took an illegal action against them.

It may be tempting to respond negatively. After all, losing your livelihood can be a major blow, both financially and emotionally. However, as FindLaw notes, it is important not to react in a way that could later be used against you if you choose to file a wrongful termination claim. Do not withhold any company property you may have, such as a company phone, vehicle or credit card. Avoid posting about the company, your supervisor or your co-workers on social media, or doing anything else that may be considered slanderous or threatening. 

Instead, get out your employment contract, if you have one, and go over it with a fine-tooth comb to make sure you were in the right. If you have any evidence of promises made to you by your supervisor or anyone else in the company, such as emails, texts or other documentation, gather this. Next, request a meeting with your supervisor, or with the company's human resources department.

Such a confrontation may seem stressful, so it is best to be prepared. In the meeting, present the contract and documentation. Ask to look over your personnel file, and request a formal statement regarding the reason for termination. If possible, find out who made the decision to terminate you. 

Even if your discussion does not end satisfactorily, you may leave the meeting with evidence that will help you build a wrongful termination case. More information about illegal termination is available on our webpage.

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