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What Should You Do When You are Fired in Alberta?

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

What do you do if the unthinkable happens and you are fired from your job? The best thing you can do is try not to react in the moment, and then take time to seek legal and other advice.

Employee Offers

Often employers give employees offers with deadlines attached to them. These are typically lowball offers; the deadlines are artificial.

The main deadline you should be concerned with is the 2 years from the date you are fired to sue your employer, if you choose to do so. You can, and in many cases should negotiate in these situations.

Seek Legal Advice

Seek legal advice from counsel as soon as possible. A lawyer with experience in employment law should be able to assess your damages and give you an idea of what you should be entitled to. While some lawyers use a rule of thumb of 1 month per year of service, that is not entirely accurate.

Determining severance pay is based on many factors such as position, age, length of service, what the economy is like when you are fired and whether you are able to get another job. Other factors such as how the employer treated you in the process can also be relevant.

You may have remedies that you can seek. You might be able to sue your employer in court. There may be other avenues that you can pursue- there are various administrative tribunals that may have jurisdiction in your dispute. Counsel can help steer you in the right direction.

Being fired can be highly traumatic and emotional. Besides legal advice, medical and psychological advice might be helpful.

If you have been fired and seek legal advice, please contact Floden Ward Today.

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