While many of the economic outcomes suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic were inevitable, that doesn’t mean every employer kept the rights of their employees in mind. While the beginning of the pandemic was a stressful time for everyone, no employer has the right to make you suffer for their mistakes.
If you recently lost your means of employment and suspect that you were terminated unfairly or are owed compensation you did not receive, it’s time to discuss the matter with a lawyer specializing in issues regarding wrongful termination.
The COVID-19 Crisis
During the COVID-19 pandemic, employees and companies alike saw unprecedented setbacks. In many cases, there was no avoiding financial setback, and this includes the inevitability of layoffs. Sometimes, these circumstances resulted in a situation where the company could no longer afford to employ the same number of employees as before the pandemic.
Many employers were able to acquire government funding to keep their businesses running during the pandemic. Additionally, many have been able to recover on their own as the economy has bounced back. Unfortunately, some employers have used chaotic time as an occasion to take advantage of the rights of their employees without notice.
Getting Help from Legal Experts
While wrongful termination law can be complicated, employees usually understand when they’ve been treated unfairly. If you suspect that your termination was handled in a way that was unfair or dishonest, the first step to take is to get in contact with a wrongful termination attorney to discuss your options.
If you feel that you are being taken advantage of, it is essential to work with someone who can ensure that you know your rights and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
What is Wrongful Termination?
When an employer ends their professional relationship with an employee, there are regulations concerning how they must be notified that the employer must legally follow. For example, in Ontario, you are legally entitled to two weeks’ notice of termination. Wrongful dismissal can occur if you were not provided with proper notice of termination, not provided with cause for termination or if the cause is not justified.
If your working relationship with your employer has ended and you feel that you were not treated fairly in this process, the situation may not appear as cut and dry as those scenarios just described as wrongful dismissal situations. Your situation may fall under the guise of
- Unfair Dismissal
- Constructive Dismissal
If a reduction of your working hours or compensation package played a role at the end of your relationship with your employer, you might have been subject to one of these categories.
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by an employer, you require counsel from a legal team that understands your rights. Sometimes the only way to be sure is to have a quick conversation. Contact a wrongful termination firm today to find out how they can help you.