What is my next step after I have been wrongfully terminated?

by Kelly Mulloy Myers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

If you believe you have been unlawfully terminated, you should speak to an attorney to discuss your concerns.  In addition to the anti-discrimination statutes, there are a number of other laws that protect employees in the workplace.  For example, the Family Medical Leave Act provides covered employees with twelve weeks of job protection because of absence due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious medical issue.  Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against an employee for engaging in protected activity such as complaining about discrimination, filing a workers’ compensation claim or taking FMLA leave.  An attorney can help you evaluate whether you may have a potential claim against your former employer.   An attorney can also provide advice and assistance on matters related to a termination such as negotiating a letter of reference and appealing a denial of  unemployment benefits.  There are statutes of limitations to file a charge of discrimination or initiate a lawsuit, so you should not delay in seeking advice.

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