It’s time for a follow up to our last blog post, 10 Tips For an Employee Being Fired . This one focuses on developing a winning non-response to being fired.
1. Calm down.
Your emotions are exploding. You’re mad. You’re sad. You’re frustrated. You’re shocked. You’re insulted. You’re deflated. You’re even scared. But if you react now you’ll make yourself look bad. Take at least a few hours to calm down before you respond. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make contact with your employer. You can even respond immediately. But before you do you must regain your poise.
2. Gather evidence.
If you can collect any evidence that supports your case, do it. Verify the situation the employer described didn’t occur. Verify you didn’t do anything wrong. Verify that you are being fired for some possibly unfair or illegal reason. Have you been discriminated against for some reason? This will help.
3. Gather more evidence.
Once you have some evidence you have some power. Now is the time to gather more evidence. Even if you have good evidence, you’ll want to have more. This helps confirm your case. It helps you meet any challenges to your claim or lawsuit. It will help your attorney if you have to hire one. Get anything you have that might help you. Collect evidence.
4. Start documenting everything.
Now is also the time to continue documenting everything that happens after you are fired. Keep good records for you lawsuit. Make copies of whatever you can. Keep notes of everything that happens. Document everything you can. Don’t forget to capture images of your computer screen with screenshots.
5. Make the first contact.
Even though you feel like your employer wronged, contact them first. As stated above, make the first contact. Your employer is the one making the mistake. They are the ones that are potentially breaking the law or committing bad faith. They are the ones that are hung up on trivial facts. They are the ones that are making your life harder. They are the ones that are making you upset. They are the ones that are trying to pay you as little money as possible. Don’t be the first one to screw up. Don’t be the first one to skip steps. Don’t be the first one to look bad. Wait for them to contact you. Wait for them to defame you. Wait for them to sue you. This is their game. You’re just reacting to their game. Always be the one that’s more professional. Be the one that’s more even-keeled. You’re just playing defense with them. You’re just reacting to their actions.
6. Keep it clean.
Once you’re ready to respond, don’t do it in an emotional way. Don’t write anything that you’ll regret later. Take a deep breath and calm down. Then stick to business. Don’t go after your employer’s customers, customers, or vendors. Don’t write anything that could get you into trouble. Don’t respond to their lawsuit. Instead, focus on you. DO NOT DO ANYTHING TOGETHER WITH YOUR EMPLOYER. Don’t sue them. Don’t file a lawsuit with them. Decide to keep it professional. Yes, you feel like you were wronged. But bank on this, you plan to make a lot of money from suing your employer or from your lawsuit for wrongful termination. You don’t want to risk losing a lawsuit because of a lawsuit you file against your employer. Or lawsuit for defamation. The lawsuit you file should only be about the lawsuit or lawsuit that your employer files against you. Keep it clean. Keep it professional. Don’t whisper. Don’t talk. Don’t say anything else. Just keep it as quiet as possible.
7. Ask for severance.
A lawsuit only hurts the one that’s being sued. In order to avoid any lawsuit from your employer, ask them for severance. Whatever contract or contract rights you have should have a clause that gives you severance pay. This should be a legal and warranty and/or precaution (such as an employee handbook) that gives you severance pay. You may even be able to negotiate this clause with your employer.
8. Talk with your lawyer.
With all these great tips, we hope we’ve convinced you seriously hire a lawyer. If you don’t do this for yourself right now (especially if you’re fired) you may be missing out on a big lawsuit or lawsuit settlement. Hire a lawyer. Invest in your lawsuit.
9. Turn the conversation around.
Odds are, your employer is prepared for you to say something. They probably hope and expect that you’ll respond and say something stupid. Then they’ll hold it against you. They don’t expect you to say something clever. They probably plan to bait you and catch you in a lie. Because of this, hold the conversation. Make the employer talk. Make the employer say something just as stupid as they think. Make them look as stupid as they think you are. Turn the conversation around. Make them look as stupid as they’ve always treated you. Make them look as dumb as they think you are.
10. Review your lawsuit.
With all this talk, you might forget what you really want to do. You want to sue your employer or your ex-employer. You have several decisions to make. First, are you going to wait to get paid? Or are you going to file a lawsuit right away? Second, are you going to get a lawyer? Or are you going to file the lawsuit yourself? Third, are you going to wait for your employer to sue you? Or are you going to sue your employer first? Fourth, are you going to wait until you’re older? Or are you going to start collecting right now? These are all important decisions that you have to make. If you’re interested in hiring a lawyer, Invest in Your Lawsuit . We specialize in suing employers. We specialize in suing employers for more money. We are usually able to get more money from an employer than anyone else. If you’re interested, contact our office. Thank you for reading. Please contact us if you have any questions about suing your employer. We would be more than happy to discuss your case with you.