A person takes up a job to earn his bread and butter. To be able to hold up a job in a congenial environment is what every employee wishes for. Nobody likes to deal with difficult bosses who always threaten to fire their employees because of their whims and fancies and for no concrete reason whatsoever. Getting fired can be an extremely painful and stressful experience. The at- will employment laws in California are reigning in the present scenario. Getting fired may not be because someone is at fault. If at all any employee ever gets fired, here is a checklist of what you need to do to look after your interests.
Things you need to know in case you get fired
- Did I get all my dues?
According to California, law employers have to clear all dues and pay all wages due to the employee at the time of termination.
- Apart from wages what else do I need to check about?
Overtime wages if any and accrued or unused vacation needs to be taken within 72 hours of termination.
- Were my payments made on time?
If the payments were delayed at the time of termination, then you are entitled to claim to wait time penalties as well. It is calculated according to the employee’s daily wages multiplied by the total number of days that the payment was delayed.
- Can I claim unemployment benefits?
You can receive unemployment benefits until you take up employment in any other organization.
- Was my termination unlawful?
If at any point in time, despite being aware of the termination ‘at-will ‘clause you feel you were terminated unjustly based on racial discrimination or any physical harassment issues, can be dealt with some legal intervention. If the reasons are illegal the employer has to justify your termination. Consultation with employment law experts to deal with such kind of termination issues is highly recommended.