Breach of contract can work both ways. If your employer breaches your contract there are things you can do to help rebuild your life.
Contracts are in place to help both parties stay safe within the period of employment and the initial aftermath. If your employer fires you and is in breach of your employment contract there are things you can do to protect yourself. We’ve compiled a list of ways to keep yourself safe and well if you’ve wrongfully been let go.
1. Contact A Lawyer
An employment attorney will be able to help you seek damages or sue your former employers if they fire you and are in direct breach of contract. For example, if your contract specifically states that you cannot be fired for no good reason and then you are let go to make way for a new employee without any wrongdoing on your part, you will be able to bring forward a case against your former company. Be sure to act fast on this as there is a maximum limit of time that a claim must be brought about.
2. Understand Why You Were Fired
If you have been fired without a good reason, or your employers don’t disclose the reasons, it is possible that you have been dismissed wrongfully. Do everything in your power to find out why you were let go. Speak to the HR team and your former manager as they might have a good idea. Look out for any internal memos, emails, or communications that may indicate the reason you were fired.
3. Gather Evidence
If you want your job back or want to receive the compensation you will need proof of your wrongful dismissal. Of course, your contract is the most important document as it has been signed by both you and your former employer so if you can use supporting documents and communications to prove your employer is in breach of contract by wrongfully terminating you, then you have a good chance of winning.
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Speak to your former colleagues and see if anyone is willing to back up your claims on the record. Before you leave the office after your dismissal, try and copy as many communications as possible as you won’t be able to access company coms once you have left. Things like emails that prove you’ve been terminated wrongly are useful, as are texts and WhatsApps.
4. Stay Calm
Keeping cool, calm, and collected may seem difficult, but it’s important to try and stay professional at all times, even if you feel stressed, angry, or sad. The more professional you are, the more chance you have of winning a claim.
5. Move On
Once you’ve gotten over your firing, it’s important to try and move on with your life. Look for another job, spend more time with your family, or travel the world. Whatever you want to do the choice is yours!
Have you been fired by an employer who was in breach of contract? Share your experience in the comments.