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What!? Fired!?? But Why….?


unemployedpimpla1With the U.S. economy spiraling further down the seemingly endless pit of economic ruin, it’s no surprise that unemployment rates are on the rise across the nation.  Almost every industry has been hurting, especially those in the technology sector.

To the lucky few fortunate enough to have dodged the wave of layoffs, as they say, go the spoils.  Only in this case instead of getting those same old boring rewards, this elite group gets the extra special gift of actually keeping their menial soul-draining jobs, but without all that unnecessary stuff, like shorter hours or, you know, more money.  At least they’ll get yolked (it’s slang people, get with it) since they’ll have to do the work of three people just to keep said soul-crushing job.

But with being fired inevitably comes the stages of job loss (which by the way seem suspiciously similar to some other grief process – I think the Kübler-Ross estate might have a lawsuit).  There’s no better feeling than finally getting over being let go, picking yourself up by your bootstraps, and then hiring an attorney to file a wrongful termination suit against your old employer.  Ahhhh, sweet revenge, I’ve missed you…

All joking aside, wrongful termination is a real and serious issue.  Homelessness is on the rise and as this economy continues to tank, more and more people will likely be fired from their jobs.  Unemployment doesn’t only destroy a person’s financial livelihood.  It can also damage a person’s self-worth, not to mention obliterate a marriage.  Finding out whether you’ve been wrongly terminated from your job can be difficult, especially in a bad economy where an unjust firing can easily be passed off as a cost-cutting layoff.  But if there’s one thing that is certain, when people are pushed into a corner, they’ll likely fight back.

In fact, according to our client case database, in the month of June alone has seen a nearly 100 percent increase in the total number of wrongful termination cases brought by our clients when compared to the same month in 2008.  Furthermore, the average number of wrongful termination cases handled by has consistently increased by approximately 20 percent over the past four fiscal quarters.  Those employed under at-will contracts in the retail, transportation, or manufacturing industries were most likely to bring a claim for wrongful termination, making up nearly one-third of all wrongful termination cases received.  These figures increased in portion to the sagging US economy.

So what can you do if you think you’ve been wrongly terminated from your job?  First thing would be to see if you qualify under any of these exceptions:

  • Discrimination – The employer cannot terminate employment because the employee is a certain race, nationality, religion, sex, age, or in some states, sexual orientation.
  • Retaliation – An employer cannot fire an employee because the employee filed a claim of discrimination or is participating in an investigation for discrimination. This “retaliation” is forbidden under civil rights law.
  • Contractual Employees – Generally, an employee with an employment contract can only be terminated for the reasons stated in the contract. Employment contracts for specified periods of time or permitting terminations only for specific reasons are rare today.
  • Illegal Acts –An employer is not permitted to fire an employee because the employee refuses to commit an act that is illegal.
  • Family or Medical Leave – Federal law permits most employees to take a leave of absence for specific family or medical problems. An employer is not permitted to fire an employee who takes family or medical leave for a reason outlined in the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Not Following Own Termination Procedures – Often, the employee handbook or company policy outlines a procedure that must be followed before an employee is terminated. If the employer fires an employee without following this procedure, the employee may have a claim for wrongful termination.

However, the best way to find out whether your termination was wrongful would be to consult with a qualified employment lawyer who can sit down with you and walk you through your options.  Otherwise you might end up like this guy.


  • Laid Off Diary

    this post is AWESOME (and hilarious) and truthful. So many of my friends who still have jobs are miserable b/c they are overworked with no bonus and a salary cut. Moreover, at first they had at least the ability to be able to look down on their poor miserable laid off colleagues and at least feel a little better about their situation. But now, many of their laid off colleagues are much happier now that they’re not in BigLaw and are traveling or doing everything they didn’t have time to do. So, not only do they have less money and more hours to work, they can’t even gloat about still having a shitty job. Yeah, a lot of unemployed lawyers are worried about their next paycheck, but I know alot of them who wouldn’t ever go back to BigLaw and see their lay off as a wake up call to do something that makes them happy.

    Also, people, please remember you’re an F-ing attorney–don’t let anyone, including Father BigLaw, push you around when you get laid off. Contact the EEOC if you have any claim at all and NEGOTIATE THE SHIT OUT OF THE SEVERANCE PACKAGE. Milk it for all you can. Take the money and run.

  • Carlo

    I’m not an attorney and I don’t let any F-ing attorney push me around, and that’s from experience.

    I hope most of you attorneys lose your jobs. You deserve the misfortune. Now you can go out there and get your hands dirty, do an honest days work for an honest day’s pay and labor for a living instead of taking advantage of other people.

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