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Steps to take after your termination

It has happened. You've received a termination notice from your employer. Even if you saw it coming, it doesn't make it any easier for you to move on with your life. And that's especially the case if you feel that you've been the victim of a wrongful termination.

Rather than take what your company offers and move on, it's important to learn more about the reason for your termination and your legal rights. Here are some steps to take:

  • Ask for more information: Dig deeper to better understand the reason for your termination. Was it performance-related? Do you have reason to believe you're being discriminated against?
  • Collect evidence: If you feel that your termination violated your legal rights, collect evidence to back up your claim. For example, if you have a discriminatory email from a supervisor, print it out and keep it for your records.
  • Review your employment contract: This will outline the terms and conditions of your employment, including the process of terminating the contract. You may come to learn that your employer owes you severance pay, which is something you can negotiate on your way out the door.

Learning that you no longer have a job is one of the most challenging situations you'll ever face. However, before you turn your full attention to your job search, learn more about the reason for your termination and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

If you let your employer get the best of you, it's possible to miss out on benefits and compensation that you're legally permitted to receive.

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