Getting to work only to find out that your employer has terminated you is both startling and disheartening. Your mind may immediately wonder what could have possibly led to your employer’s decision to let you go.

While you may initially feel like crying foul, it is important to understand which behaviors qualify as wrongful termination. Prematurely accusing your employer could only worsen your situation and complicate matters in the future.

You have rights

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that just because you do not understand a termination or feel that it is wrong, does not mean it was unlawful. According to HR Morning, unless specifically stated otherwise in an employment contract, your employer can usually terminate you for just about anything.

However, just because you do not qualify as a minority does not mean your situation is exempt from discrimination laws. In fact, if you suspect wrongful termination, you have the right to file a lawsuit. Keeping detailed records of the circumstances preceding your termination can help you establish your claim. If you choose to push back, you may experience a prolonged battle if your employer refuses to admit to wrongdoing.

Requesting an explanation

When a termination occurs and you do not understand why you have the right to request an explanation. This may enlighten you and help you understand what happened from a different perspective. However, if you are the victim of unlawful termination resulting from discrimination, retaliation or because you refused to comply with an illegal request, you do not need to pursue an explanation before you take legal action.