Recently, you received a blow to your psyche in the form of an unexpected termination. You felt so blindsided that you did not stop to think about the finer details of your employer’s decision. Now, you wonder about the legality of your termination. 

To help you understand if you have a case, see what Forbes says on the matter. Do not let an unscrupulous employer get away with violating your rights. 

Employer rights  

Unless you signed an individual employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement, your employer can terminate your position for any reason whatsoever. That is, unless you can show that you are the victim of discrimination. You could also work for a company that requires managers to have solid grounds for firing employees. See if you can get in touch with HR to determine whether this is the case. 

Employee rights  

You may consider your no-grounds termination a form of poor treatment. If so, look into a common law tort known as “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.” If you can prove that your employer or manager intentionally inflicted emotional distress by firing you, you could have grounds for legal retaliation. 

Additional grounds to consider bringing a case against your employer are that you are over 40, are part of a specific ethnic or racial group, were pregnant at the time of your termination or are part of a specific religion. In any case, properly document your termination process, making sure that you provide thorough details and an accurate timeline of events. 

You should not have to endure the harmful impact of an employer’s illegal act. Protect your future and your finances by determining the legal grounds for your termination.