Wrongfully fired? Preserve your dignity and your future

 

Getting fired is one of the most unpleasant things that can happen to you — especially when you believe your termination was illegal.

The steps you take next can have a significant impact on your future. Even if you aren’t sure what you should do next, you definitely need to know what you shouldn’t do. Here’s a quick guide:

Don’t make a scene

Let’s face it: Your sudden departure is already going to be the subject of watercooler gossip and hallway whispers. It’s tempting to let everybody know exactly what you believe is happening — at the top of your voice.

That could be a self-destructive act, however. If your bosses are manipulative enough, they may easily convince everyone that your display of righteous anger was actually a show of instability and aggression (thereby making their actions seem justified).

Don’t damage anything

You may have a small opportunity to collect your personal items and any important documents you have at your desk. Do not retaliate against your employer for their actions in any way.

This includes deleting important files, sending a disparaging email to their list of clients with allegations about your employer’s misbehavior. That could put you on the receiving end of unwanted legal action.

Don’t blast your employer on social media

Posting about life events on social media is second nature to a lot of people, but you need to show restraint in the first few days after you are fired. As upset as you may be, calm yourself and think about your future.

You may ultimately decide to pursue litigation against your employer for wrongful termination. If you do, you want your actions to be as above reproach as possible — not only before you were fired, but after.