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Take these steps to protect your rights after a wrongful firing

If you suspect you were terminated from your Florida job, you might want to investigate whether you can file a wrongful termination lawsuit. You'll also want to make some preparations that will support the success of your lawsuit in the event that you decide to pursue it.

Here are some important things to do after a wrongful termination:

  • Don't act negatively against your employer just because you're angry.
  • Find out information about why you were terminated.
  • Read and familiarize yourself with the terms of your employment contract.
  • Determine who was the decision-maker when it came to firing you.
  • Ask to see your personnel file.
  • Document any promises made to you by your employer.
  • Request and/or negotiate your severance package if possible, but don't finalize the agreement until you fully understand how it may affect your legal right to pursue a wrongful termination suit.
  • Don't succumb to intimidation.
  • Return company property and follow the post-employment rules outlined in your employee contract.
  • Confirm your termination and any offer of severance in writing.

Losing your job -- especially as a result of wrongful termination -- will be difficult and stressful no matter the circumstances. In fact, you may not even realize you were wrongfully terminated and feel that it was your fault. Try to stay strong after losing your job and make sure that you review your legal rights and options to determine if there's anything that can be done to improve your situation. In some cases, you might be able to pursue a wrongful termination suit to try and recoup financial damages.

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