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Recognizing When You Have Been Fired Illegally: Part 2

No type of firing is a good firing; they all burn the same. But in some cases, employers may be acting illegally by firing you. If that’s the case, there are some steps you’ll need to take to know the warning signs and keep yourself protected.

If you believe you were fired illegally, you may have a legal claim. Here’s a section of my book “The Employee Rights Handbook” that deals with just that. Read now and get informed!

Recognize the Warning Signs (#6-17)

6. REMOVE PERSONAL DOCUMENTS FROM YOUR OFFICE.

After being fired, you may have difficulty removing personal effects and business materials from your office. In fact, many employers, after suddenly notifying you that you are fired, will escort you back to your office and stay there to approve the materials you want to pack up and take home. Plan ahead to avoid this potential problem.

The author represented a female employee who resigned from a job. She returned the next morning to retrieve the personal contents from her office. However, many of these items were not given to her. The company claimed that boxes of expensive items (including textbooks, course materials, and technical manuals) were purchased with company funds and remained the property of the company. The woman hired the author to retrieve these valuable materials.

You can avoid this kind of aggravation by being discreet and removing valuable items now. But be sure not to take company property to avoid being accused of theft or conversion.

7. MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT IN POSSESSION OF ANY CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION OR TRADE SECRETS.

The computerization of the workplace has caused some subtle but very important changes in the employee-employer relationship. Unlike the workers of yesteryear, most of today’s workers conduct at least some amount of business from cell phones and home computers, blurring the physical boundaries of the employment relationship. This blurring of the boundaries means that the separation process is often more complicated than it used to be.

Hoping to dissuade former employees from suing, many employers go on the offensive when accused of violating the law. It is therefore crucial that employees act calmly and appropriately when fired, even if the firing is unlawful and unfair. After being fired, employees who have signed agreements restricting their post-employment access to confidential information should therefore promptly and calmly offer to return any confidential computer files or other company documents that they possess, and request a written confirmation that such information was in fact returned. Remember, information does not have to rise to the level of a trade secret to be confidential. You may need the assistance of a lawyer to determine what is and what is not confidential.

If the employee has a claim that is at least partially evidenced by documents in his possession, then the employee would be arguably justified in not destroying or deleting copies of all confidential information returned to the employer. For example, if the employee has e-mails to and from the client which corroborate his claim that he facilitated the sale and therefore deserves the commission, he will understandably be reluctant to part with such information for fear that the former employer would destroy such evidence. Likewise, an hourly employee may have e-mails or computer files which contain data showing when it was created or modified, and which can therefore be used as evidence to help corroborate that he worked the hours that he said he did. Or perhaps the employee has e-mails evidencing unlawful discrimination. Moreover, the employee may be legitimately concerned about defending himself in the event the employer files a lawsuit claiming that the employee never had any right to be in possession of materials he returned to the employer immediately after his termination; if the employee destroys every copy of the computer files and e-mails transmitted to the employer after his termination, how will he have any proof as to what was and was not returned?

If any of these circumstances is present, the employee should (1) immediately return copies of all of the computer files and e-mails in question, and (2) offer to return or destroy his own copies of such information provided that the employer can think of some way in which the employee can be truly assured that such evidence will be available later on for the employee to prosecute his claims or defend against the employer’s claims. If the employee is represented by counsel, he may wish to ask his attorney to draft a stipulation stating that only his counsel will have access to the files and will only discuss them with his client to the extent that it is necessary for counsel to understand the parties’ claims and defenses. If the employer does not agree to such a stipulation, at least there will be a record of the employee having made a good faith effort. And while there is no guarantee that a court would overlook the employee’s failure to immediately destroy all copies of his own copies of the e-mails and computer files, the odds of being punished for preserving data needed to prosecute a claim or defend against a claim is greatly reduced, especially if the good faith steps outlined above are followed.

A former employee has no right to acquire documents or information directly from his former employer unless such information is distributed freely by the former employer. Nor is a current employee free to go digging into his employer’s confidential files to collect information before an impending termination. If the confidential information in question was not in the employee’s possession in the course of performing his job duties, but rather as a result of surreptitiously rifling through the employer’s files, then the employee’s claim may end up being dismissed, and the employee may be held liable for theft.

In addition, if you receive any company related phone calls on your personal cell phone or e-mails on your personal computer, be sure to promptly forward them to the company, and maintain a record of your having done so. If a company client asks you what happened, simply state that you are no longer with the company, and do not say or do anything to denigrate the ex-employer. If a company client asks you to do work for them, you may be prohibited from doing so if you are bound by a restrictive covenant. Further, regardless of whether there is a restrictive covenant, you can be held liable if you persuade a company client to break its contract with the company and hire you instead. (And if the client breaks a contract with the employer and hires you instead, the company may accuse you of having caused the contract to be breached.) Remember, civility can be disarming, even to an employer that has mistreated you. By contrast, needless rancor can cause an employer to dig in its heels and commit vast resources to defeating you in court.

8. TALK TO FELLOW EMPLOYEES. It is easier to learn about a company’s termination and severance policies while you are still on the premises. Find out all you can about what was paid to other employees when they were fired. This information can be quite useful to your lawyer during severance negotiations. For example, if you belong to a

protected class (e.g., are a woman, over 40, a minority, or handicapped), your lawyer can argue that the company violated its policy or engaged in discrimination by not paying you the same rate of severance as other non-protected employees.

9. ANALYZE YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. How much cash do you currently have on hand to pay your bills? If you do not have at least a six-month cushion, you should consider planning for the termination by reducing your overhead, bills, and lifestyle. Of course you will be reluctant to do this, but it makes sense to consider an austerity budget before the ax falls.

Speak to your accountant or financial planner for guidance. Experts suggest it is a good idea to pay off large credit card bills with high interest rates while you are still receiving a regular paycheck. Look into refinancing your mortgage and consolidating all your debts for this purpose. Worse, if you live above your means and the chances of being reemployed at your current level of salary may not materialize for many months, you may be forced to sell your house to lower your debt. But selling can take many months, so plan ahead if this is a viable option.

10. FIND SOURCES OF CASH. Think about trying to obtain a cash infusion until you find a new job. One way to do this is to establish a line of credit or taking out a home equity loan. Do this before being laid off, because banks generally don’t lend to the unemployed.

Liquidate long-term accounts like CDs and place ample funds into checking accounts so that you can use the money immediately without paying a penalty. Although you may get less interest, availability should be your concern and you don’t want the money tied up.

Consider borrowing from your company’s 401 (k) plan or IRA’s if applicable. If you are in the process of buying a home, you may want to postpone the decision if you can get out of the transaction.

If all else fails and you have no other possible sources of funds, speak to family members or friends about short-term loans. Consult your accountant to get advice about whether the interest payments on such loans are tax-deductible and how to structure them in your best interest. If you can take out a personal loan from a bank so much the better.

11. SUSPEND PAYMENTS ON LOANS IF POSSIBLE. Some lending institutions will let you suspend payments on school loans and other loans without penalty when you are unemployed. Inquire if this is feasible and whether your future credit will be impaired.

12. START A PART-TIME BUSINESSORFREELANCE JOBNOW. Such a business has the potential of keeping you going after you are laid off and may even expand into your next career.

13. REVIEW YOUR PENSION PLANS ANDRULES. Confirm that the amounts you will receive on termination are accurate. By asking for a current statement, you can ascertain that your years of service are properly credited and that your income is properly reported in the final computation. Now is the time to check for mistakes so you can receive the money immediately after a termination if you need it. Check to see that there is no break in service or that the benefits have not been reduced for technical reasons (e.g., because the company you work for was acquired by another). Ask for copies of pertinent company plans and review what they say. If someone asks why you want this, just say “because I have the right to this information by law.” Write a letter to the plan administrator if you cannot obtain a copy or do not agree with the numbers.

After reviewing and approving the amount, you can compute what your monthly income will be after counting expected pension or profit-sharing monies plus unemployment payments for the first 26 weeks after you are unemployed (and possibly for another 73 weeks depending on your state or federal law at the time you receive such benefits).

14. CONSIDER YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR BONUSES, STOCK OPTIONS, PROFIT-SHARING MONIES, OR COMMISSIONS ABOUT TO BECOME DUE. Be aware of the date when the money will be vested or when it is supposed to be paid. Do not allow the company to fire you to deprive you of these expected benefits.

15. REVIEW YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS TO BE SURE YOU

ARE PROPERLY COVERED. Your entitlement to continued health and medical benefits under federal COBRA law is discussed in Chapters 3 and 7. But if you anticipate special needs for yourself and your family, or are worried that company supplied benefits may be too costly, it may be wise to shop around for a more attractive policy before you are laid off.

16. CONSIDER SENDING DEMAND LETTERS. Sending demand letters to confirm all actions or complain about illegal treatment may strengthen a legal claim. The time to demonstrate your on-acceptance of a company’s act is before you are fired, not after.

Complaining in writing after a firing may not mean as much and be viewed merely as sour grapes. Examples of sample letters are included in Chapter 9.

If you complain about illegal treatment before a firing, your employer may be advised by its legal counsel not to fire you (since the action may be viewed as illegal retaliation). In some cases, you can save your job or forestall the firing by complaining in writing. This action may also enable you to recover additional damages if you are fired. However, it is best to do this only after speaking with an employment attorney.

17. AVOID RESIGNING. Never resign from a job just because you suspect you are about to be fired. By resigning you may forfeit valuable benefits. I repeat: Do not resign for this and many other reasons (to be discussed in Chapter 8). Seek legal guidance to avoid acting incorrectly or irrationally.

Take It in Stride

Being out of work is not the end of the world. Many clients receiving a severance package with income for a lengthy period and unemployment compensation benefits take precious time off to travel, get in shape, pursue a hobby, go back to school, re-establish personal relationships with family members and friends, re-evaluate their careers, work part-time as a consultant, pursue a job in another field, or start their own businesses (without a boss). Looking for employment is stressful but it can also be an opportunity to pursue your dreams, especially if you can afford not to jump at the first unattractive offer that comes along.

Experts say it’s important not to become discouraged or depressed when looking for a job. Visit a career or outplacement center and speak to a counselor for advice. Join a support group so you don’t isolate yourself. Learn about changes in the job market and how to make yourself a better candidate. Live within your means. Look for bargains and cut back where you can. Network. Assess your situation objectively. Register with a temp agency to ensure a steady source of pay. Release feelings of anger and resentment. Recognize that no job lasts forever. Focus on the future and not the past. Update your resume. Practice and hone effective interviewing techniques. Visit employment agencies in person or via the Internet. Map out a game plan and stick to it. Go to your local library and read books and articles on successful career planning and transitioning. Keep your spirits up. Maintain a good positive outlook. Avoid taking your frustrations, fears and insecurities out on loved ones. Take one day at a time. Trying your best is all you can do.

For a full depth analysis on this topic and many more, visit http://legalstrategiespublishing.com/ to purchase “The Employee Rights Handbook” today!

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    Michael Gross
    11:22 09 Mar 19
    Steven Sack is an exceptional lawyer - he took on my challenging employment situation and won more money for me. He understands how to negotiate with companies and how to get more for employees who deserve it. He actually seems to care about his clients and wants to take care of them at a time when they’ve gone through a rough patch.Also, his economics are very fair and are risk free for the employees.Lastly, when I got a new job, Steven reviewed my contract for free and helped make sure that I was better protected this time around.I highly recommend Steven and if ever anything comes up again, I will go back to him.
    Lindsey Brown
    Lindsey Brown
    23:42 28 Feb 19
    Steve was an absolute pleasure to work with and I felt extremely lucky to have him represent me during my employment agreement negotiations. Steve made me comfortable from day 1, clearly setting out the goal and possibilities all while putting his outstanding knowledge of employment law on full display. He clearly and promptly responded to all questions and concerns. I felt like a very important client - he kept to his word and carried every deliverable.I had such a positive experience and would highly recommend Steve Sack as an employment attorney.
    Peter Witt
    Peter Witt
    00:42 26 Feb 19
    Steven was great to work with, he really knows his stuff. He was attentive, honest and there were no surprises. I highly recommend his services.
    Peter Witt
    Peter Witt
    00:34 26 Feb 19
    Steven was great to work with, he really knows his stuff. He was attentive, honest and there were no surprises. I highly recommend his services.
    marybeth poandl
    marybeth poandl
    18:23 18 Feb 19
    Highly recommend for employment related issues. I found Steven to be knowledgeable, professional and honest. He did exactly what he saidhe would do.
    E Zimmer
    E Zimmer
    17:35 31 Jan 19
    Highly recommend for any employment related issues. Practical, professional, straight forward, and no nonsense.
    Cindy Hecht
    Cindy Hecht
    20:52 04 Jan 19
    Mr. Sack is a very proactive attorney who will take your case, even if it is small. My sister is currently using him and he has been a pleasure to deal with and tells you the truth. He doesn't try to fill your head with illusions of grandeur
    Adi Bedi
    Adi Bedi
    21:23 06 Dec 18
    I recently had the opportunity to work with Steven Sack and was greatly impressed by his dedication, compassion and knowledge. He was a pleasure to work with and is cost effective and a thorough gentleman. Highly recommend.
    Jakal42400
    Jakal42400
    13:13 23 Nov 18
    Steven Sack was an extremely professional attorney. And while the situation may not have been exactly what I wanted to hear, he was truthful and to the point about my position. To me, that is what you want from your attorney, professional guidance.
    Ezra Evans
    Ezra Evans
    14:47 23 Oct 18
    Steven is a very helpful and passionate attorney. I was very pleased with his consultation and as a result hired Steven to negotiate my separation agreement. Steven also did not charge me anything extra. I only was charged for the consultation, though I thought Steven's services were excellent. Happy to refer his services to anyone in need as his passionate to help workers was extremely helpful in putting my mind at ease.
    N Golden
    N Golden
    01:11 06 Oct 18
    Steven Sack delivers. He is knowledgeable and direct. He listens. He understands. He is compassionate. He is responsive. Steven is always accessible by phone, by email. He told me exactly what he was going to do and why. Steven then did everything he said he was going to do! I highly recommend Steven's services.
    Marcos Mendelsohn
    Marcos Mendelsohn
    12:47 14 Sep 18
    I couldn't have been happier with how Steven Sack represented me. I felt extremely comfortable with him from the start. He was fabulous in all facets of the reprsentation
    g m
    g m
    14:35 08 Sep 18
    Steven Sack is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney. I had my matter settled within hours of consulting his office. I would highly recommend his services.
    Greeting Carders
    Greeting Carders
    23:01 30 Aug 18
    Steven worked on my case and was able to handle my severance quickly and professionally. Steven's sense of prognosing the outcome of my case was accurate, and I ended up getting a better severance package from my previous employer then they had initially offered. Through all of my anxiety for the result of the severance, Steven was patient with me and helped me regain my composure. He was quick to respond to my inquiries and explained every step of the process to me throughly. Steven Sack is truly a 5-star employee attorney!!!
    Rebecca Spivak
    Rebecca Spivak
    13:43 28 Aug 18
    My case was not only handled quickly and judiciously with the least amount of stress, Steven was also spot on about predicting what they were most liked to agree to and touching back base with me following up every time exactly when he said he would. If at any time he was delayed in reconnecting with me, he would always communicate that to give me the heads up. I was blown away by how on top of his game and organized he is, no matter what his volume of clients are at the moment, to be able to maintain such consistency. It is clear Steven has both the depth of experience and knowledge, alongside being a solid/fantastic human being, that is deeply passionate about his work. This kindness and passion comes through in both his work and interactions with clients. I give Steven Sack a Michelin Star 🌟 💫 rating based on my experience working with him!
    Christina Taitt
    Christina Taitt
    04:48 28 Aug 18
    Steven Mitchell Sack is a very professional and compassionate attorney. He is well versed in his career and has excellent qualifications. When he worked with me for my case, he did an outstanding job and got me the results I wanted achieved. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has employer/ employment issues!
    Nancy Drew
    Nancy Drew
    00:18 21 Aug 18
    Steven Mitchell Sack came highly recommended to me by a former colleague. I was hesitant about even contacting an attorney but all doubts dissipated the moment I met Steve. He began our meeting by telling me about his qualifications and experience complete with supporting letters and articles. I had an immediate sense that I was with someone very special. And he is. Steve is a brilliant and successful attorney, passionate about his work, professional, kind, honest and ethical… Steve is the entire package. He successfully represented me and insured that I was not taken advantage of by my former employer. I could not be more pleased with how well my case was handled or how quickly. Steve wrote the book on the rights of employees. Literally, he wrote the book. Steve Sack is the BEST Labor & employment lawyer in New York, bar none.
    Lisa Flick
    Lisa Flick
    15:05 19 Aug 18
    It was my good fortune to be referred to Mr. Steven Sack by the New York City Bar Legal service to represent me in a proceeding this past year.I was immediately put at ease by his understanding, honest, and forthright manner. His council and legal representation allowed me to extricate myself from a difficult situation with integrity and grace. I would unequivocally recommend Mr. Steven Sack to represent me in any legal matter that may arise in the future.
    S Y
    S Y
    17:44 02 Aug 18
    Steven is an excellent attorney. He is a fierce lawyer and this is a type of lawyer you want to have him on your side. He knows the laws and he is a very compassionate, knowledgeable, sharp, fair and just lawyer. He will respond to your calls and he would not waste your time. And, it is my pleasure to know a man like this. He surprised me, and I am so glad he is my lawyer. He is someone that I am and will always admire.
    Gary Vicari
    Gary Vicari
    21:24 01 Aug 18
    Steven Sack, Attorney, began counseling me on employee rights and how to negotiate with employers for the best possible compensation package in 1998. The outcome was spectacular for me. My employment was cut short after 4 years due to a death in the family, and Steven Sack stepped in on behalf of the family to save our family business from being sold. His skill dealing with the automobile manufacturer, key employees and family set the stage for a successful transition to the next generation, and preservation of the family legacy. He serves as corporate counsel to our family franchised auto business, as well as a Director on the board. Whether he is advising our HR Department on personnel matters, analyzing potential business deals, or giving advice to the myriad of day-to-day activities that occur in a large automobile dealership, Steven Sack brings a keen analytical and legal mind to each situation. Our business, as well as my personal interests, are safe and secure with Steven Sack part of the team.
    Debbie Motz
    Debbie Motz
    15:10 01 Aug 18
    We have had Steven Sack on retainer for our members for several years and continue to receive outstanding and positive reviews about him from our membership. He is one of the best benefits an Association can offer to their membership. We will continue our relationship with Mr. Sack for years.
    joe farricielli
    joe farricielli
    13:08 27 Jul 18
    Steve was great. Very professional when helping with an employment issue and I will use him again with my next contract.
    Brad Ashe
    Brad Ashe
    23:09 24 Jul 18
    I met Steve about 35 years ago when I started my business.During that time, he has not only won every case he worked for me, but I also consider him a trusted friend. Steve has taught me, held my hand in bad times, given me a number of the books he has written, which happen to be extremely informative, and I would trust him with my life. There is nobody in employee/employer law that is better. He has handled other legal matters for me outside, of employee rights, and has always done right by me. Thank you Steve
    Don Cambareri
    Don Cambareri
    15:31 24 Jul 18
    Steve has virtually become a member of my family. Over the 20 years that I know him, and have done business with him, his integrity and ethics, are eyond reproach. Not only has he succeeded in all of my affairs, but I have also referred him to family and friends, who tell me the same thing. I've never had a bad experience, won all of my cases, and never looked back. If you want a completely competent, well prepared, and tireless attorney to fight for you, look no further than Steve Sack. Respectfully, Don Cambareri
    Robin
    Robin
    14:47 24 Jul 18
    The is the best attorney in New York City for employment and labor law. I've been utilizing his excellent services for over 25 years.He is an expert. A extremely kind, patient and honest lawyer who will work to get the best results for you. He is dedicated to justice and he won every case I have had! I highly recommend him. You can trust your case will go quickly and effectively. Steven treated me with the utmost in respect and deeply cares about his clients. I was always calm when he represented me because he is totally a take charge lawyer with a Midas touch! I will not make a legal move on any level without conferring with Steven. Look no further, This is the only lawyer to hire!
    I t
    I t
    15:50 23 Jul 18
    Steven Sack was my attorney. Now I'm proud to say he is my friend. I walked into his office having many questions, and not knowing where to turn. He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He stayed in contact with me throughout the whole process. Needing an attorney is very stressful. He took away the stress and made me feel like I had someone to go to that was in my corner. I highly recommend Steven if you have a need for an employment attorney. He is without a doubt and amazing human being!
    Jon Liechty
    Jon Liechty
    12:09 23 Jul 18
    Responsive, helpful, and effective! He consistently gets better results than I expect.
    Jason Strulowitz
    Jason Strulowitz
    04:09 23 Jul 18
    Steve is the most exceptional lawyer I have ever used. He is not only a sharp attorney he wrote the book on employment law. Most important he’s a genuine and caring person who treats his clients with respect and fights for them like a warrior! You’re the best! Steve and you really helped me in my time of need. J
    Tina Vanderplas
    Tina Vanderplas
    21:47 22 Jul 18
    Steve Sack is the absolute best in the industry, and is wonderful at reaching a realistic outcome where both parties are happy. He has been a life saver for me twice! He helped me when I was intimated by a very aggressive employer, and he also helped negotiate a fabulous package with a clearly written contract for my following employer. Highly recommend!
    Harold Chudnovsky
    Harold Chudnovsky
    00:55 20 Jul 18
    I have been extremely fortunate to have Mr. Sack as my attorney. He is extremely helpful, compassionate, responsive and extremely knowledgeable. I do not feel alone during this difficult time in my life. He was recommended to me. I feel he is a gift from God.I would highly recommend Mr. Sack to anyone that has issues pertaining to his expertise as an attorney. He is wonderful.HC
    Evgeny Aleksandrov
    Evgeny Aleksandrov
    17:09 18 Jul 18
    Steven is an excellent attorney! Highly practical, exceptionally knowledgeable in labor disputes, and just a fantastic professional who keep things casual. Steven knows his craft so well, he makes it look easy.
    Bob Petrone
    Bob Petrone
    12:27 18 Jul 18
    We have used Stevens services for many years, I find him to be reliable and thorough. Very pleased!
    Larry Lane
    Larry Lane
    15:55 16 Jul 18
    I have been working with Steven since 2002 when we created our company. Finding Steven was one of the absolute best things to happen to us. His advice and guidance has been paramount to our success! I can't stress it enough. Steven does not break the mold on the stereotypical attorney, he shatters it! We use a fair amount of contracts in our business and the Agreements he has put together for us have protected us in a tremendous way. Steven's Agreements have been so good, it has kept us out of the need for any litigation. The reason for this is because the documents are so strong, when we have needed to access them we are able to negotiate a favorable settlement. Steven is sharp, extremely intelligent, personable, accessible and responsive. Steven has become a true friend and confidant, a valued mentor to me personally and to our company!
    Yuliya Kurash
    Yuliya Kurash
    14:39 13 Jul 18
    Steven is an exceptional lawyer that is considerate of his clients. A lawyer that meets with you in person, consistently responds to emails and phone calls and provides regular updates is hard to find. Steven did all and above. I highly recommend him as an employment lawyer. One of the best I've ever worked with.
    Anastasia De Leon
    Anastasia De Leon
    04:19 29 Dec 17
    Steven Sack is an excellent attorney, he's knowledgeable, attentive and meticulous. As a result of his expertise and skillful persuasion my employment related case was settled amicably in a short period of timeI highly recommend his services.Steven is also the author of the book "The Employee Rights Handbook" which is an excellent book if you want to know your rights as an employee.
    Jay
    Jay
    22:10 11 Oct 17
    Exceptional employment attorney & a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend.
    William Teitler
    William Teitler
    23:16 26 Sep 16
    Steven Sack is a top-notch labor and employment lawyer. His book "The Employee Rights Handbook" is an amazing resource for all employees. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. Steven is incredibly passionate about employment law and his cases. I highly recommend attorney Steven Sack.
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