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3 mistakes to avoid after being wrongfully terminated

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Employment Law

Being fired from your job can be stressful, especially without an explanation. Hawaii is an at-will state, which means it’s not a must for your employer to give you a reason for termination unless you have a contract that states they will notify you of the reason or are a member of a union with a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with your employer.

Nonetheless, if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, you should fight for your rights. But some mistakes can make your case challenging, including:

Taking documents 

When you are terminated, the chances are you want to document the necessary evidence to make your case stronger. Even though this is vital, it can get you into trouble. You don’t want to take confidential documents from the office or copy them. You should get professional help to know the documents you are allowed to gather for the evidence.

Trying to reverse the decision

The first few minutes after being informed of dismissal can be confusing. You may want to change the decision by telling your seniors why they are making a mistake or may retaliate against them. Doing this may not help. It will be best to remain calm and go home as instructed.

Discussing your case 

Discussing your case with colleagues or posting about it on social media can disadvantage you, as such discussions can be used against you. Even if your coworker (s) was also fired in the same situation, avoid meeting and talking about the case.

If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, perhaps due to discrimination or as a retaliation after whistleblowing or reporting a mistake like sexual harassment, learn more about your case to avoid costly mistakes.