If you were fired because you were injured on the job, filed for Workers’ Compensation, or because of sexual harassment (just to name a few unlawful reasons), you may be able to take legal action against your employer.
Keep in mind, if you are laid off or fired, you are entitled to:
- receive money you’ve already earned (this can include sick leave or vacation time),
- continue your health insurance coverage,
- receive any severance pay you were promised, and
- collect unemployment benefits, if you qualify.
Most employers are not required to pay severance according to federal law; however, employers may be legally required to pay severance if they promised to do so in either a written contract or an employee handbook/manual, or if they have a history of paying severance to other employees in the same position. Keep in mind, severance pay is not always limited to just money, and can include additional benefits such as insurance or unemployment compensation.
If you lose your job, you may also be eligible to receive some temporary or permanent financial support with the help of unemployment insurance benefits. The benefits are typically less than your former pay and usually last less than a year, but every penny counts when you have lost your job, and you may want to consider this option.
If any of these circumstances apply to you, and your employer is not following through with his/her responsibilities, set up a free consultation with an experienced employment attorney at Lancaster and Eure to become fully knowledgeable about your eligibility for compensation and what to expect once you initiate a civil suit. With 70 years of combined experience in trial practice and litigation for employment law in Florida, Lancaster and Eure has the knowledge and expertise necessary to help you with your employment law case.