Wrongful termination occurs when an employer ends a worker’s employment in a manner that breaches the law. One way to fight wrongful termination is to read your employment contract’s terms and keep a copy of this document.
The importance of your employee contract
Your employment contract contains not just the requirements of your job and the benefits it entitles you to but also the actions that could result in your employment’s termination. Some contracts even provide guidelines on how the company might dismiss an employee.
Therefore, an employment contract may provide some standards for determining whether a termination is wrongful. It is possible that the employer fired an employee for reasons not in the contract or in a manner that contradicts the process listed in the document.
Note, however, that the contract is not the end-all and be-all when it comes to wrongful termination. Sometimes, wrongful dismissals may occur because of discrimination and retaliation.
Your employee contract and wrongful termination
It is a good idea to read and understand the terms of your employment contract. Additionally, consider keeping a copy of the document for easy review in a place where it is safe from damage and creating multiple digital backups if you can.
Workers who feel that their employers terminated their employment wrongfully generally must prove the offense. Employers will likely claim that their reason for termination was legitimate, but the contract can help verify whether this assertion is true or not.
Employment law is complex. It helps to understand both your employment contract and the law so you can protect your rights as an employee.