What to Look for in a Wrongful Termination Lawyer

What to Look for in a Wrongful Termination Lawyer

If you think you’ve been fired unlawfully, there’s a good chance you’re finding yourself in dire straits. Few things are more stressful than losing your job and your livelihood for reasons you feel can’t be justified, but there is a way out of your predicament.

You’ve got a lot on your plate, but one of the first things you need to do is hire a wrongful termination lawyer. The person you hire will be responsible for a lot of your success in the immediate future, so let’s look at some probable scenarios.

Wrongful Termination: A Definition

With most jobs, your employment is defined legally as being “at will.” Simply put, that means you’re hired at your employer’s discretion, and there doesn’t have to be a “good” reason for termination.

It also means you don’t have to be given advanced notice that you’re about to be let go or fired, but there are legal exceptions to this scenario.

For starters, if you do happen to have a contract, you can’t be terminated in a way that violates the terms of that contract. Also, you can’t be fired for being a so-called “whistleblower,” i.e., someone who reports illegal activity.

Discrimination is another major category that covers a host of reasons for the illegal firing. These include race, color or ethnicity, gender, your sexual orientation, your chosen gender identity, your religion, your nationality or your age, and those are just a few of the possibilities that fall under the heading of discrimination.

Others are your political affiliation, pregnancy, disability or mental illness, so there are plenty of things your wrongful termination lawyer will need to be able to cover.

What to Look For

The first thing to look for in a wrongful termination lawyer is experience in the field, along with a background that relates directly to your case. The more experience, the better, especially when it comes to the specifics of your case.

Empathy is another important quality. Being wrongfully terminated is extremely stressful, and the lawyer you choose needs to be able to prop you up when you’re feeling down, and to communicate effectively when it comes to being on your side.

That level of communication also extends to the courtroom. Your lawyer needs to be prepared and ready to present your case, and all filings and legal procedures need to be handled in a timely fashion.

All of these things increase your chances of success when it comes to winning your case, so make sure you do a careful evaluation as you search for the best wrongful termination lawyer for you.

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