No matter what the circumstances, it can be devastating to lose your job. However, it can be even more traumatic if you were wrongfully terminated. Fortunately, you may have a wrongful termination claim against your employer and be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, emotional distress, and more. However, you must take steps to protect your legal rights.
Take These Key Steps If You Believe That You Were Wrongfully Terminated
Under Texas law, your employment most likely was at-will, and your employer could have fired you for no reason at all. However, this does not give your employer the right to wrongfully terminate you in violation of federal and Texas laws. Wrongful termination claims are difficult to prove, so you need to take steps right away to build a strong claim. Some immediate actions to take if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated include:
Contact Your Employer
If you are not certain of the reason you were fired, ask to speak to your employer. Keep in mind that your employer will almost certainly not admit to illegally terminating you. However, discussing your termination can be enlightening and give you a better sense of whether you may have a basis for a wrongful termination claim. If possible, obtain a letter from your employer regarding the termination.
Collect Evidence About Your Termination
When you pursue a claim of wrongful termination, you have to prove that your employer illegally fired you. You want to begin collecting evidence to support your claim right away. This can include a letter of termination, correspondence and emails between you and your employer, texts, performance reviews, and your personnel file.
Review Any Employment Contracts
While most workers are at-will employees in Texas, some work under contract with their employer. If you have a written contract, you want to review it to determine if their were any violations of the contract in the way you were terminated.
Speak With An Experienced Wrongful Termination Attorney
An experienced wrongful termination attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you as to whether you have a claim. He can also gather the evidence you need to prove your case, help you navigate the complexities of filing your claim, and negotiate your settlement.
We help wrongfully terminated workers throughout Texas including Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, Irving and all points in between.
Contact Attorney Walt Taylor for Help
If you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated from your job, attorney Walt Taylor is here to fight for your legal rights and the compensation that you deserve. Contact us online or call our office directly at 817.380.4888 today to schedule your free initial consultation to get your questions answered and learn more about your legal options.