An Employee Guide to Navigating Termination Concerns - Shegerian Law

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Every worker, at some point, will face uncertainties in their job. But when the looming cloud of potential termination overshadows you, being informed and prepared is crucial. Below, our friends at Cohen & Cohen provide a comprehensive guide for employees to ensure they’re well-armed against unjust dismissals.

Knowledge is Power

You’ve probably heard this before, but the importance of knowing your rights can’t be overstated. Various legal frameworks, from federal to state levels, work to shield employees. 

The Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act are just the tip of the iceberg. Dive into these resources, or better yet, attend workshops or seminars on employment laws. The more you know, the better you can advocate for yourself.

Document, But Don’t Hoard

We live in a digital age where saving emails, messages, and official communications has become second nature. Create a folder on your device to store essential work-related accolades, commendations, or positive feedback. However, be discerning. It’s essential to keep track, but there’s no need to hoard every email. 

Focus on those that best highlight your commitment and contributions to the company; most importantly, documents with evidentiary weight. And if you ever face disciplinary measures, ensure you keep a detailed record, including your account of events.

Engage, Don’t Confront

Workplace issues? Talk about them. Proactive communication can iron out many wrinkles. It’s better to have a calm conversation with your superiors about any concerns rather than let misunderstandings fester. A proactive approach shows initiative and can often lead to mutually beneficial resolutions.

Discrimination is Real, Be Vigilant

In an ideal world, discrimination wouldn’t exist. However, reality often contrasts sharply with this utopia. Look for signs that you might be getting treated unfairly due to your race, age, gender, or any other defining factor.

If you’ve also recently reported a concern or taken a rightful leave and suddenly faced consequences, it might be retaliation. Stay alert and informed.

Consultation with an Employment Lawyer

If you’re confronted with an illegal termination or feel your dismissal wasn’t justified, it’s time to consider professional advice. Consulting with an employment lawyer can provide clarity and direction. They can demystify complex situations and offer strategic insights into potential next steps.

Jobs are more than just paychecks. They represent a significant portion of our lives, aspirations, and often, identities. 

Navigating the turbulence of potential termination is no easy feat. But equipped with the proper knowledge and a proactive attitude, you become not just another employee but a well-prepared advocate for your rights. And while the journey might be challenging, with the right tools and mindset, you can turn any potential stumbling block into a stepping stone for future success. 

Remember, in the world of employment, being prepared isn’t just a benefit; it’s a necessity.

Disclaimer: None of the aforementioned information should be construed as legal advice. Likewise, contacting us via our website does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with a competent and qualified attorney to discuss your specific situation before taking action on your own.

Manuela Varela

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Manuela Varela has been with Shegerian & Associates since August 2022. She is responsible for outreach and marketing on behalf of the firm and manages relationships between firms and referring attorneys. She is also responsible for developing business opportunities and affiliations. Manuela graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Economics and Political Science.