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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Readers Digest: How to Tell if you were Fired from Your Job Illegally (Excerpt by Mary Greenwood)

Excerpt from Reader's Digest Online: How to Tell if you were Fired Illegally


The tough part about making a claim of wrongful firing (or wrongful treatment) is establishing the link between the employer's actions and your claim of being protected in some way. There are signs, however, that can clue you in to that link, according to Mary Greenwood, Employment and Labor Attorney, Human Resources Director, and author of Third Edition of How to Negotiate Like a Pro, How to Resolve Anything, Anytime, Anywhere:

  • Although you receive a bad performance evaluation, but there is nothing to evidence that your performance was bad

  • Although you're fired for poor performance, your last peformance evaluation mentioned no problems

  • Your boss fires you without following the established protocol/procedure, especially if it is outlined in the employee handbook

  • You are in a protected category/have protected status, and your treatment has been different from those not in the category or having the status.

  • The person who treated you wrongfully actually made discriminatory comments such as "You're not woman enough to do this job" or "We really need some new blood in this department" or "It's just impossible for us to accomodate your need for wheelchair ramp."

  • You are fired immediately after announcing your pregnancy

  • You are fired during or immediately following having taken Family Medical Leave.

  • You're fired just before you're about to become eligible for your pension

Mary Greenwood, Mediator, Attorney and Author of Third Edition, How To Negotiate LIke A Pro: How to Resolve Anything, Anytime, Anywhere, Winner of nine book awards. Visit WWW.MaryGreenwood.org

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