Hearing the words, “You’re fired” can be every employee’s worst nightmare. Washington, D.C., employees who are let go from their jobs may find that their emotions run the gamut from anger to sadness to fear. This is especially true when an employee has been wrongfully terminated, that is, laid off for unlawful reasons such as retaliation, sexual harassment or illegal discrimination.
When an employee has been wrongfully terminated, he or she may want to take legal action against his or her employer. However, in some cases it may be possible for employees to negotiate a severance package in lieu of litigation. An attorney can advise individuals in these situations about whether a severance package or litigation makes the most sense in their case.
There are some strategies that can be employed when negotiating a severance package. For example, there is no need to rush into an offer. Take time to keep your emotions in check and think about the offer before agreeing to it. There is no need to take the very first offer you are presented with. Staying on the payroll for as long as you can may be beneficial. In addition, one can ask for the offer to be placed in writing. Moreover, in addition to severance pay, one can negotiate that one’s medical insurance benefits be extended.
Although it is a very stressful situation to be in, employees who have been wrongfully terminated do have options that they may want to discuss with an attorney. With the right help, individuals can determine whether they can pursue a legal claim or negotiate a severance package. There may be other options available to them as well that an attorney can help explain.