Montana Employment Law

If you are fired without reason, you must take steps to protect your rights. First, you have to decide if you might have an employment law related claim.

1. Were you discriminated against? 

  • If you were fired because of your race, religion, age, marital status, disability, sex, national origin, or, in some circumstances, your political beliefs, you must call an attorney as soon as possible.
  • There is a very limited time frame for protecting your rights. In some cases, if you follow the employee greivance procedures (outlined below), you may have some extra time.

2. Did your former employer give you a copy of the Employee Handbook? Does the handbook have procedures to appeal the termination? 

  •  If so, you need to follow the GREIVANCE PROCESS to the letter, even if it means appealing your termination to the very same person who fired you. If you don’t follow the greivance procedures, you are giving up your right to sue.
  • If your former employer did not give you a handbook or did not notify you about internal greivance procedures within seven (7) days of the termination, you do not have the responsibility to go through the greivance process.

3. Write down what happened.

  • While the events are fresh in your mind, you need to write down everything you know about the incident, including people involved, what was said, and anything you did.

4. Identify witnesses who can help your case.

  • Your co-workers are usually a good source of information in your case. Write down their names, positions in the company, and contact information.

5. Save all electronic documents.

  • If you have emails, letters, or other electronic communications, preserve them onto a flash drive or some other device.
  • If your job doesn’t allow you to take any electronic information, tell your former boss that you want copies of the documents.

6. Save everything your former employer gave you. 

If you’ve been harassed, discriminated against or terminated without cause, you may be eligible for compensation.

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