Being fired is stressful regardless of the circumstances, and even if you’re expecting it, you may be surprised by how dramatic the blow is. Keeping things together can be difficult to manage, but knowing what not to say can help – in terms of your future prospects and your own peace of mind. If you believe you’ve been wrongfully terminated or that you’re entitled to benefits, don’t wait to consult with an experienced California employment law attorney.
While no one can blame you for feeling indignant, the best path forward after being fired involves gathering your thoughts, your things, and any important documents that belong to you.
Don’t discuss severance until you’ve had time to clear your head. Instead of discussing the matter of your severance then and there, request an appointment to do so. This will allow you the time you need to research your company’s severance policies.
If your employer offers you the opportunity to resign, there are several considerations to keep in mind, including:
Determining whether being fired or resigning is the best option must be determined in relation to the unique situation you are in.
Asking those colleagues whom you’ve worked well with for recommendations early on can go a long way toward improving your future employment prospects.
Although most employment in California is at will, which means you can be fired for any reason – or no reason – there is nothing stopping you from asking why you’re being fired. If your employer’s answer doesn’t comport with company policy, a union agreement, or anti-discrimination laws, you may have legal leverage.
Resorting to bad-mouthing others can backfire spectacularly, and it is unlikely to afford you any personal satisfaction. In the end, the better terms you leave on, the better chance there is that your momentary lapse in professionalism will come back to haunt you.
Yes, you were fired, but it does not define you as an employee or as a person. Employers don’t need a reason to fire employees, and often, it comes down to profit margins, which are not a reflection of your work ethic, your skills, or who you are as a person.
The seasoned employment law attorneys at Olivier & Schreiber LLP – proudly serving Oakland and Pasadena – recognize the challenges associated with being fired and are committed to zealously advocating for the rights of clients like you. To learn more, contact us today.
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