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What to Do When You're Fired

What You Need to Know If You're Terminated


You have been, or are about to be, fired from your job. Are you eligible for unemployment? What happens if you have been wrongfully discharged? What do you say in your cover letters and in job interviews? Here's what you need to know about employee rights when you are fired or otherwise terminated from employment.

How to Handle Getting Fired

What to do if you've been fired? Where do you go from here? Here's a step by step list of what you need to know when you have been fired from your job.

Notice of Termination

Copyright Cat London

When an employee is terminated or laid-off, there are no federal regulations requiring employers to give advance notice to the employee unless the employee is covered by an individual contract with their employer, the employees covered by a union/collective bargaining agreement, or the employee is covered by the WARN Act.

Termination Checklist

Copyright Kristian Peetz

When you have lost your job, it's important to check - right away - on compensation due, benefits, references, and unemployment. If you have been fired and haven't been informed about benefits, contact the Human Resources department at your former employer or your manager to request information on the status of your benefits.

Termination for Cause

Copyright: Natalia Siverina

When an employee is terminated for cause they are fired from their job for a specific reason. Here's how to handle being terminated for cause.

Wrongful Termination

Copyright Michael DeLeon
Wrongful termination happens when an employee is discharged from employment for illegal reasons or if company policy is violated when the employee is fired. Here's what you can do if you are wrongfully terminated.

Employee Rights When Your Job is Terminated

Copyright Alexandr Tovstenko

Information on employee rights and options for seeking assistance if you have questions about those rights, and/or if you believe you have been discriminated against or have been subjected to wrongful termination.

Collecting Unemployment When You Have Been Fired

Copyright Kirby Hamilton

If you were fired from your job you may be eligible for unemployment, depending on the circumstances. If you were fired for misconduct you probably won't be eligible for unemployment benefits, but you can always apply, because your perception of your work history may be different than your employer's.

Why Were You Fired?

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The top 12 answers to interview questions about being fired.

Job Termination Questions and Answers

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about termination from employment, including reasons for getting fired, employee rights when you have been terminated, collecting unemployment, wrongful termination, saying goodbye to co-workers and more.

Share Your Story: Why Were You Fired?

Fired from your job? Share your getting fired story and tell us about the job you lost, why you were fired and what you might have learned from the difficult experience of being terminated from employment. Read, as well, about others who have been fired and what life has been like for them.

Read More: 50+ Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Fired

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