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What should you do if wrongfully terminated?

If you find yourself a victim of wrongful termination, it may feel like your world has been turned upside down.

Although you're faced with a challenging situation, remember this: There are steps you can take to protect your rights. When you move forward in the right direction, it could help you from a financial standpoint in the future.

With this in mind, here are some of the many things you should do if you're wrongfully terminated:

-- Don't make any rash decisions, such as sending a threatening email to your employer.

-- Contact an attorney to learn more about your rights.

-- Review your employment contract, if you have one, as well as your employee handbook.

-- Contact the human resources department to learn more about your termination, including the reason for the decision.

-- Find out who made the decision to terminate your employment.

-- Don't be intimidated by your employer, as he or she may do everything in his or her power to scare you in hopes that you go away.

-- Follow all post-employment etiquette.

-- Don't go away until you have exercised all your options and know which steps to take next.

There is nothing more frustrating than being wrongfully terminated. The worst part about this is that you may feel helpless. Fortunately, you don't have to feel this way forever. When you know your employee rights, you can then fight back against your employer. It can take a lot of time to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, but you owe it to yourself to protect your wellbeing, career and finances.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Termination Claims," accessed Oct. 10, 2016

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