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Claiming a severance package from your former employer

Being terminated from your job without notice or expectation can be a terrible experience, leaving you low in confidence and fearful about your financial future. Although it is legal for a company to fire an employee without a specific reason, there are many circumstances in which an employee can be unlawfully fired.

An unlawful termination can occur when someone is terminated because he or she has filed a complaint or if he or she is discriminated against. There are many other labor laws that protect employees from being fired.

This blog will focus on how an employee might be able to work toward claiming a severance package after his or her employment has been terminated, regardless of whether the employee was legitimately fired or not.

If it is not already stated in your working contract, you will not be automatically entitled to severance pay. However, you should keep in mind that you may be able to persuade your employer to come to some kind of agreement. This is especially true if you believe you were wrongfully terminated. If you agree to halt any legal proceedings, you might be able to negotiate a severance package.

If you decide to take this route, the key is to remain professional throughout the whole process. Becoming angry or bitter toward your employer will only hurt your chances of gaining a severance package. It's important to follow the process but refuse any offer that your employer presents to you, and insist on a better offer. It may be possible for you to receive a prolonged medical package too.

It's important to seek legal advice if you have any questions or concerns about what you are entitled to when it comes to a severance package.

Source: Findlaw, "Wrongful termination claims," accessed Sep. 28, 2017

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