If you’ve been recently let go from your workplace, it can be difficult to know what to do, what you’re entitled to upon dismissal, and how to get it. To make the process easier, here are some steps you should consider.
Taking Time to Review and Consult
This means avoid signing or agreeing to anything before to speaking with a lawyer, because once you sign, that may be the end of it. Even if you ultimately accept the initial offer, it’s best to consult with a lawyer beforehand to ensure the offer is in line with your legal entitlements. Oftentimes, employees are unaware they are entitled to more.
You are entitled to seek take the time to review your documents and offers, regardless of any pressure to sign on the spot.
Gathering Necessary Documents
Make sure to gather any documents relating to your employment as soon as possible to help your lawyer understand your matter and to help speed up the process. For example, your employment contract, paystubs, T4s, record of employment, relevant medical notes, warning letters, relevant correspondence, and termination letter will be important for your lawyer to review.
Preparing your Account of Events
Even before you consult with your lawyer, it’s helpful to create a written account of events. Make sure to include key details, including the who, what, when, where, how, and why of the events.
Keep your account accurate—for example, if you have been provided with warnings, provide that information and be clear about the details of the warnings. Your lawyer will want to know the less favourable facts of your matter to know whether they affect your matter, how to deal with them, and so there are no surprises.
Communicating with Your Lawyer
If you have special instructions, make sure you let your lawyer know, and work with you lawyer in providing answers in a timely fashion. The sooner you can respond with your comments, directions or clarification on the facts of your matter, the sooner work on your matter can continue.
Once you’ve retained counsel, it’s necessary to direct all communication with the opposing side in your matter through your lawyer. Corresponding directly with the opposing side can undermine negotiations and will more often than not cause unnecessary complications to your matter. Should the other party contact you directly, tell them to speak with your lawyer instead, and notify your lawyer as soon as possible.
Managing Your Expectations
While expectations can be helpful in providing a goal to aim for, the goal should be realistic. Maybe you’ve read somewhere that people have been awarded one million dollars for their case, but it’s likely your case is different. A lawyer will be able to provide you with information as to the type and range of damages that have been awarded for cases like yours, and what factors may affect those damages to consider. Sometimes employees will need to adjust their expectations accordingly, whether that is up or down.
If you are an employee who has been recently been dismissed, our team of experienced employment lawyers at Achkar Law would be happy to answer any questions you might having regarding your legal entitlements and any other concerns you may have. Contact us by phone at 1-800-771-7882, or email email@example.com and we would be happy to assist.
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