Fired In Alberta: I've Been Fired: What do I do now?
Perhaps it happens when you are invited into an unexpected meeting. The message is awkwardly given to you: "you're fired". You are allowed to pack up some belongings and then, walked out the door. The employer gives you a lowball offer, much less than you are entitled to. You are reeling. What do you do now?
Many people end up being fired at some point in their career. It often comes from nothing more than mismatched personalities. It doesn't mean you are a failure.
So what should you do? It never hurts to talk to an employment lawyer. The lawyer can look at your situation and give you realistic advice about what you can expect and steps you can take Some people end up not wanting the conflict of a lawsuit, and that's ok too.
Offers that are made are often portrayed as time sensitive. If the offer is lowball, we often tell our clients that the only true deadline is the 2 years you have to sue the employer for wrongful dismissal under Alberta's Limitations Act.
There is more to life than the purely legal side of things. Consider, depending on your situation, applying for EI. Consider alternative employment or starting your own business. If you have the financial ability to do so, take stock of what went wrong in the prior situation and how you can make sure it doesn't happen again. Figure out if your last job is what you truly want to do with your life. Consider getting counselling or other therapeutic advice for consolation.
Above all, keep moving forward, and remember the Robert Frost quote: the best way out is through. Keep your head up and hopefully you will move on to bigger and better things.
If you have been fired and need legal advice, please contact us: https://www.flodenward.com/contact-us.
The information contained in this article is not legal advice. No solicitor client relationship is formed through this article. The reader is encouraged to retain counsel for advice in these matters.