What should i do if i have been wrongfully terminated? 


Being wrongfully terminated can be a distressing and unsettling experience. Your job is not just a source of income; it's your livelihood and a significant part of your life. If you believe that you've been unjustly fired from your job, it's crucial to understand your rights and the steps to take to seek resolution. This subpage provides guidance on how to handle the difficult situation of wrongful termination.

Understanding Wrongful Termination:

Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee in violation of federal, state, or local employment laws or in breach of an employment contract. It can encompass a range of situations, including:

Discrimination: If you were fired due to factors like race, gender, age, disability, religion, or other protected characteristics, it may be considered wrongful termination.

Retaliation: If your termination follows actions such as reporting workplace violations, filing complaints, or participating in a legally protected activity, it may constitute retaliation, which is unlawful.

Violation of Employment Contracts: If your employment was governed by an employment contract, your termination should adhere to the terms outlined in that agreement. Unlawful termination in violation of the contract may be wrongful.

Steps to Take If Wrongfully Terminated:

Review Employment Documents: Carefully examine your employment contract, employee handbook, and any relevant company policies to understand your rights and obligations. These documents may provide essential information about the termination process.

Collect Evidence: Preserve any documentation, emails, text messages, or witnesses that can support your claim of wrongful termination. This evidence can be invaluable in building your case.

Consult an Attorney: Seek legal advice from an experienced employment law attorney. They can assess the circumstances of your termination, determine whether it qualifies as wrongful, and advise you on the appropriate course of action.

File a Complaint: Depending on the nature of your wrongful termination, you may need to file a complaint with a government agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the appropriate state labor department.

Negotiate or Litigate: Your attorney can guide you through negotiations with your former employer or represent you in legal proceedings if a resolution cannot be reached.

Consult with an Employment Law Attorney:

Navigating wrongful termination claims can be complex, and the laws governing these cases can vary from state to state. Seeking legal counsel is crucial to protect your rights and interests.


Being wrongfully terminated can have profound personal and financial consequences. However, you don't have to face this challenge alone. Our experienced employment law attorneys at Vargas Guerra, LLP are here to provide you with the guidance and legal support you need to address wrongful termination and seek a just resolution.