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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.