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What can you do before filing a DC wrongful termination claim?

Losing your job in Washington, D.C., is a difficult situation to be in. Questions about how to afford your bills, housing and put food on the table will instantly loom to the forefront. Anxiety about the future and sleepless nights may soon follow. It is a situation that no person in Washington, D.C., wants to be in. And, it is a situation that is made all the more difficult, if you feel you have been wrongfully terminated.

In a wrongful termination situation, employees may want to enlist the aid of an attorney to help them with their case. However, there are some steps that can be taken aside from working with an attorney that may help.

First, it is understandable that one will have negative feelings towards one's employer in a wrongful termination situation. But, it is important to keep these feelings in check and not act upon them. Doing so could make a bad situation worse.

It is also important to collect the necessary information pertaining to one's case. For example, some employees have a contract that lays out for what reasons an employee can be fired. If so, it is important to understand those provisions. If the employee has a personnel file, this can also be reviewed. Sometimes, promises were also made by an employer to an employee. If so, any evidence of such agreements should be ascertained.

Employees can also ask their employer for the reasons why they were let go from their job. It may also help to know who was responsible for that decision. If any agreements were made about the termination, they should be written down.

Finally, do not be intimidated. It is possible to fight wrongful termination situations. In some cases, a person may seek to be restored to their job or seek damages.

In the end, it is important to look at the situation objectively and assess your rights. This post does not contain legal advice, so readers may want to discuss their particular situation with an attorney.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Wrongful Termination Claims," accessed on July 14, 2015

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