Wrongfully Terminated Due to Covid-19? An Employment Mediation Lawyer May Be The Answer
The coronavirus pandemic has rendered millions of Americans jobless as businesses go through manufacturing, logistics, sales, and finance related challenges. However, this does not mean that your employer can wrongfully terminate you and get away with it. With the help of a seasoned employment mediation attorney in Massachusetts, it is possible for you to protect your rights without having to take your fight to court.
Were You Dismissed without Notice?
Wrongful dismissal may occur if your employer removed you from the job without giving you sufficient notice during the Covid-19 pandemic. In these cases, the law in Massachusetts will focus on the contractual terms and obligations of your employer. The minimum notice period for termination may have been specified in your contract.
Even if it is not a part of the contract, your employer will still be bound by the statutory requirements of minimum notice that must be given to you. Your employment mediation lawyer will help you establish that your termination occurred without fulfillment of the minimum notice period or due to a breach of another term of your employment contract.
The lawyer will also show that you suffered a loss because of this action (such as loss of wages). Mediation is a low cost and time-efficient alternative to resolve your conflict with your employer while maintaining confidentiality and without generating hostility from either side.
Was Your Dismissal Unfair?
In view of the Covid-19 financial crisis, employers are expected to adopt a considerate position towards their employees. If your employer has fired you not out of any economic or business compulsion, but solely with a focus on maximizing their profitability, you may be able to argue your case for reinstatement or compensation through a skilled Massachusetts employment mediation attorney.
Your employer will recognize the potentially damaging effects such a case can have on the morale of other employees as well as hurt the company’s image in the eyes of the general public. Your lawyer can help you convince your employer that in the current pandemic how responsible a company acts with its employees will determine their long-term brand value and reputation.
Did Your Employer Discriminate against You?
It may be lawful if you were laid off from the job along with many others because your employer wants to downsize their business. However, if your employer selectively dismissed you from service and singled out you without any professional reasons, they may have discriminated against you.
You should carefully make a note of the comments of your supervisor or other senior employees, or the comments of the owner, as well as preserve any emails and other written communication with regard to your termination.
Your employment mediation attorney can help you determine whether you have a case for wrongful termination due to discrimination, and will advise the right mediation strategy to negotiate with your employer and safeguard your rights.
The final outcome of your mediation may be in the form of financial compensation, your reinstatement in your former position, a formal apology from your employer, or some other solution that satisfied your goals.
If mediation is not successful, the case proceeds where it left off. Although this may be disappointing, I never view mediation as a waste of time because even if we don’t settle the case, we learn something about it. We gain a clearer picture of the employer’s perspective and how they view our case. Every chance you get to gain insight into your adversary’s point of view is time well spent.
Pursue Your Wrongful Termination Case through Mediation
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated from your job, it is time to discuss your case with the trusted and dependable employment mediation lawyer Anna Shapiro, Esq. in Massachusetts. Call us today at 617.765.1040 to schedule a free consultation or write to us online.