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What to do if you believe you were wrongfully terminated

Being terminated from your job is a hard situation to be in. As a union worker, you have contracts that outline what protects your position and what decisions your employer can make about your employment. Even with protections, some employees are fired for illegal reasons. This includes a sickness from working at sea, disability or injury from an accident on board or refusing to go against regulations. If you have been fired and believe you were subject to discrimination, it may be a wrongful termination.


Fight back if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated.

Getting fired from your job puts your livelihood at stake. If you were fired and have evidence that the reasoning was not legal, there is something you can do about it. Do not be afraid to take action if you find yourself in this situation.

File a grievance claim with your union.

Look over your contract and make sure you have a legitimate reason to file a claim and understand how long you have to complete it. Know your rights and what circumstances make it illegal for your employer to fire you. If you do decide to file, your claim will be handled by a union steward who will work with your employer on your behalf.

Be prepared to hire outside help.

In the case that you were fired for a reason that is found to be illegal, speaking with a lawyer is in your best interest. Taking legal action against your employer is often the best way to be compensated for any emotional distress, lost wages and any other fees as a result of your termination.

If you are wrongfully terminated, especially if it is due to discrimination, you can take action against your employer. Whether you were fired at sea or on land, knowing your rights and what steps to take could be beneficial for you. Being forced into this situation is not easy and tends to require extra help to move the process along and get you the results you deserve.

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