Retaliatory Discharge /Wrongful Termination: What the paralegal needs to know

    I recently asked my employment discrimination paralegal to give me a list of things she wishes every client could have or know when they come to the office for their first meeting.  The list was too long to mention here.  So, here are the top 5 things she wants you to know.


  1. What is the reason you think you were terminated.  Be succinct.  You should be able to explain why you were wrongly fired in about 2 minutes.  The more issues…the more complications…the less likely a jury will believe you.
  2. Have a list of the names of every possible witness; The list should include everyone who might have information about you, your boss, the way the business works, the way employees have been treated and, most importantly, why you were fired.
  3. What is the nature of your employment:  Are you an employee at will?  Are you a union member? Did you file a grievance?  Did you have a contract of employment (unlikely)? 
  4. Do you have a copy of your personnel file?  Pay stubs?  Written reprimands or warnings? 
  5. Do you have disabilities?  If so, have they been medically documented?  Have they developed since the start of your employment?


At the Law Office of Keith Short we are ready to help if you’ve been wrongly discharged.  But, we need your help.  Be prepared when you come to meet us.  It will greatly help us determine if we can help you.  Call us at 1-800- 421-0960 or 618-254-0055.

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