The Employment Law Attorney outlines the top three things to ALWAYS ask your employer after you’ve been fired — including WHY you were fired
- Craig Levey has gone viral on TikTok after sharing how to deal with getting fired
- He said you should ask why you were fired and when your benefits will end
- The lawyer also advised to inquire whether there is a severance payment
An employment lawyer has outlined the top three things to ask your employer after you’ve been fired.
Craig Levey, a partner at Bennett & Belfort PC in Boston, Massachusetts, has gone viral after detailing how to properly complete the termination process in an instructional video.
The TikTok user using the handle @craigleveyesq explained that the first thing to ask after learning you’ve been fired is why you were fired.
“Human resources and your manager usually won’t tell you why you’re being fired,” he said. “They usually keep it short and sweet, but if they give you an answer, it could be valuable evidence if you bring a case against the company at a later date.”
Craig Levey, an employment law attorney from Boston, Massachusetts, has gone viral on TikTok after detailing how to properly complete the termination process
Under the US discretionary employment system, an employer may terminate an employee without cause or warning, so long as the cause is not unlawful.
Second, Levey said you should inquire when your benefits end.
“You want to make sure your health coverage doesn’t expire, so you want to know exactly when it ends so you can make sure you’re covered,” he shared.
Finally, the lawyer advised asking if the company offered a severance package.
“You want to know if the company is preparing a termination agreement for you so you can assess whether or not to accept it,” he explained.
The lawyer said the first thing to ask after learning you’ve been fired is why you were fired, saying it “could be valuable evidence if you have a case against the company”.
Second, Levey said you should inquire when your benefits end to make sure “your health insurance coverage doesn’t expire.”
If a severance package is offered, Levey recommended “hiring an employment lawyer to determine if the money on the table is worth enough if you have claims against the company.”
The video has been viewed more than 894,000 times and has garnered hundreds of comments since it was posted on December 28th.
A number of people spoke openly about how they were treated when they were released.
“The day before my benefits ended, they fired me because of ‘my mental health’. No severance pay, couldn’t even pay off my leftover PTO,” one person wrote.
Finally, Levey advised asking if the company would offer a severance package. If there is a package with him, he recommends speaking to an attorney to see if you should take it
The video has been viewed more than 894,000 times since its release, with hundreds of people sharing their own quitting stories in the comments
“I was told I can’t ask questions because they don’t negotiate… I thought I understood, but I’m a human being who deserves answers,” recalled another.
“I was told I wouldn’t be a good fit,” added another. “This came after I raised concerns about the new manager[‘s] Wrongdoing. So here I am…’
There were also some supervisors and HR people who shared how they fired an employee.
“As supervisors, we basically spell it out for six months before a semester,” one user explained of her company’s termination process. “There’s an oral, a written, a final, and then another offense has to happen.”
“Unfortunately, I’ve had to let people go, and these are just them [three] Things I go through first. Employers should communicate this to workers,” noted another.