How to Respond to Wrongful Termination: Essential Steps for a Legal Challenge


Facing termination from your job can be an overwhelming experience, especially if the dismissal is unjust or illegal. Understanding your rights and the steps to challenge a wrongful termination is crucial in protecting your employment rights and seeking appropriate remedies. Workplace Sage Legal is committed to supporting you through this process with dedicated legal expertise and compassionate guidance

Understanding Wrongful Termination


  • Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is dismissed from their job and they are not provided with an appropriate severance package. It also encompasses terminations that breach the terms of the employment contract or statutory protections.

Common Grounds for Wrongful Termination:

  • Dismissal due to discrimination based on age, race, sex, religion, or disability.
  • Termination without adequate notice or severance as per contractual terms or applicable laws.
  • Dismissal in retaliation for employee’s lawful actions, such as filing a complaint or whistleblowing.

Legal Framework

In Ontario, as well as in many jurisdictions, employment laws provide a framework for what constitutes wrongful termination and outline the protections available to employees. Familiarity with the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, and possibly the Canadian Labour Code (for federal employees) is essential.

Essential Steps for a Legal Challenge

  • Document Everything:
    Keep detailed records of all communications, performance reviews, and any other documentation that relates to your job and termination. Documentation can serve as critical evidence in legal proceedings.
  • Review Your Employment Contract:
    Examine your employment agreement for any terms related to termination procedures and severance. Understanding these terms is crucial in identifying any violations.
  • Seek Legal Counsel:
    Consulting with an employment lawyer is vital. They can offer a professional evaluation of your case, advise on the merits of a legal challenge, and guide you through the process.
  • Negotiate or Mediate:
    Before a full legal trial, there might be opportunities for negotiation or mediation to resolve the dispute. These alternatives can often lead to faster settlements and are less adversarial.
  • File a Legal Claim:
    Depending on the advice of your lawyer, if negotiation fails, the next step might be to file a claim for wrongful dismissal. This could be through the courts or relevant employment tribunals.

Protecting Yourself Against Future Wrongful Termination

Understand Your Rights:

  • Educate yourself about your employment rights under local laws and your specific employment contract

Maintain Good Documentation:

  • Regularly keep records of all job-related documents and communications.

Build a Support Network:

  • Establish connections with professional associations or legal advisors who can offer support if you suspect wrongful practices in your workplace.


Wrongful termination not only affects your current employment but can also have long-lasting
impacts on your career and personal life. Taking appropriate steps to challenge an unjust
dismissal is key to vindicating your rights and securing your professional future. At Workplace
Sage Legal, we are here to provide the expertise and support needed to navigate these
challenging situations effectively.

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