Losing a job can be a stressful and challenging experience, especially if you believe your employer terminated you unfairly. According to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress, employers have wrongfully terminated nearly one in five employees.
In Kentucky, employment is generally “at will.” This means an employer can fire an employee for almost any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are exceptions where a termination may be wrongful. If you find yourself in a situation where you think your employer wrongfully terminated you, there are certain steps you can take.
Gather and review your employment documents
The first step is to gather all relevant employment documents. This includes your employment contract, employee handbook, any written warnings or performance reviews and communications related to your termination. Review these documents carefully to understand the terms of your employment and any relevant policies your employer may have violated.
Keep a record of all events leading up to your termination. This includes dates, times, names of people involved and details of conversations or incidents. Documentation can serve as important evidence if you need to explain your situation to someone who can help.
Understand the grounds for wrongful termination
Understand the legal grounds for wrongful termination. In Kentucky, these include termination due to discrimination, retaliation, violation of public policy or breach of contract. If your termination falls under one of these categories, you may have a valid claim.
Seek support and guidance
Reach out for support and guidance. This could include speaking with a human resources professional, a career counselor or organizations that offer support for people who have lost their jobs. They can provide valuable advice on how to proceed and protect your rights.
Consider all your options
Consider all your options before taking action. This may include seeking a new job, negotiating a severance package or pursuing other remedies. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each option.
If you believe your Kentucky employer wrongfully terminated you, taking these steps can help you address the situation effectively. Remember, it is important to act thoughtfully and deliberately to ensure the best possible outcome.