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Different Types of Employment Termination


Employment termination is when the relationship between an employee and employer comes to an end. This could happen because an employee has decided to terminate their relationship with the organization or the employer has made the decision to terminate employment.

If you feel you were unlawfully terminated from your Ohio workplace, discuss the details of your situation with a Columbus employment attorney. It is important to note that an individual has taken a leave of absence or is experiencing a temporary layoff, they still have a relationship with their employer, the relationship has not been formally terminated.

What is Voluntary Termination?

There are many examples of voluntary termination. For example, a person could decide to leave their job because they secured another position, they are retiring, have decided it is time to start their own business, or have decided to take a break from the workforce.

Sometimes, employees leave because of a bad situation and the voluntary termination is referred to as constructive dismissal. If a worker feels they have no choice but to leave their job because of a salary that is too low, the work moves to a location that is far away, or work relationships are unhealthy, for instance.

Of course, if a person is forced to leave their position, legal action could follow if the employer’s actions were unlawful. Compensation or another type of benefit may be possible if it can be proven that the employee was treated in an unlawful way.

Are There Different Forms of Involuntary Termination?

Yes, just as there are different forms of voluntary termination, there are different types of involuntary termination. A person may be laid off due to a need to lower operating costs. Or a business could be restructuring or merging with another company. Layoffs occur for circumstances not connected to the worker themselves, they are different than when an individual is fired.

Termination compensation is common when a person is involuntarily terminated through no fault of their own. This compensation is often referred to as severance pay. There is often company protocol on how severance pay is handled. Often an employee handbook will have a guideline for employees regarding how long they have worked for an organization and how much a severance package would be in connection with that time worked.

When an employee is fired, it is often because of a sour attitude that is not a good match for the company’s culture. Or the employee had a poor performance record. There are also times when workers are fired because they participated in illegal or unethical activities.

If you believe your dismissal was illegal, ask a Columbus employment attorney about your options. It is illegal to fire a person for reporting harassment, whistleblowing due to illegal activities, or taking a leave of absence.

Were you illegally dismissed from your Ohio workplace? Contact the lawyers at Coffman Legal LLC today. We are strong and committed advocates for all Ohio workers and use our experience and knowledge to help you. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation.


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