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Stay on the right side of the law, and learn how to navigate the legal system, with these videos.
You Will Need
- State and federal laws
- Company handbook
- Complaint form
- Labor law attorney
Know when regulations are on your side
Know that you have a case if your employer has violated state or federal discrimination law, employment-related provisions in the Fair Credit Reporting Act or Bankruptcy Act, or the company's own policy.
Stand up for your rights
Stand up if your employer fires you for reasonably exercising your rights under labor laws, participating in a union, or taking leave for military service or under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Plan your exit
Inquire about why you were terminated. Retain the company handbook and any records that may prove that your employer treated you unfairly. Become familiar with your employment agreement's provisions.
Weigh your options
File a complaint, if appropriate, with the appropriate government agency, and/or file a private lawsuit.
File a complaint form
Bring your complaint to the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Brace for a battle
Recognize that the Doctrine of Employment At Will, which states that an employer can terminate an employee at will and without consequence, can make it difficult to prove wrongful termination.
Seek out an attorney
Seek the advice of a labor law attorney sooner rather than later due to statutes of limitation. Lawyers often take winnable wrongful termination cases on a contingency basis.