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Think you're about to be fired illegally? Don't do these things

Your boss has clearly had it in for you for a while. Although the quality of your work hasn't changed a bit, your once-stellar performance evaluations have suddenly turned dismal and you suspect that you're about to be fired.

It's unfair. You also suspect that it's illegal. Maybe you turned down the boss's romantic overtures right before things got bad, or maybe you filed a report with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about some unsafe condition in the workplace.

Whatever the reason for your suspicions, here are a few things that you don't want to do:

  1. Lose your cool. As tempting as it may be, losing your temper and telling your employer exactly what you think of them, their business and their integrity is a bad idea. You don't want to give them anything they can work with if they try to justify your firing later.
  2. Broadcast your intentions. Maybe you're only thinking about suing. Maybe you're definitely going to sue. Whatever your plans, there's nothing to gain by telling your employer. All that does is give your boss more time to prepare and cover their tracks.
  3. Quit, to avoid being fired. It's embarrassing to get fired -- but let them fire you. If you quit before they have a chance to escort you out, you could be torpedoing your own wrongful termination case. You also lose the right to unemployment benefits.
  4. Wait to see an attorney. If you see the signs of what's coming, why wait? An early consultation with an attorney can help you decide what records you need to keep and how to handle the whole situation.

If you're worried about wrongful termination, find out more by continuing to review the information on our website. When you're ready, reach out to our office here in San Francisco for an appointment.

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