For many people, a demotion at work is worse than being fired -- especially if you know it's unfair -- or outright illegal. The frustration of knowing that you're being treated unjustly can combine with the embarrassment of having to go back into work every day with all eyes upon you and make your situation very uncomfortable indeed.
A former employee of the California Senate won a discrimination suit against her former employer for failing to accommodate her needs and retaliating against her for requesting accommodations. The Senate was ordered to pay the former employee $350,000 -- a figure that's at least twice as high as any previous settlement.
Absent a clear violation of your contract, what's the difference between being unfairly fired and a wrongful termination?