Absent a clear violation of your contract, what's the difference between being unfairly fired and a wrongful termination?
Nobody enjoys being fired, but the whole experience is somehow vastly worse when you know you don't deserve it and believe it's nothing more than retaliation for exercising your rights as an employee.
Performance improvement plans, or PIPs, are part of an employer's paper trail. PIPs are supposed to be tools that employers can use to address deficiencies in an employee's work. They're also supposed to be tools that help the employee understand exactly what he or she has to do in order to bring his or her performance up to expectations.
For the most part, employers have a pretty broad prerogative to tell employees what work has to be completed at any given time -- and many jobs have an element of danger that has to be managed on a daily basis. It's impossible, for example, to work on a construction site without recognizing that there is some danger associated with simply being there. Your employer's rights, however, stop where imminent danger begins.
What happens when you've developed a serious medical condition and your employer responds to the uncertainty in your life by terminating your position? Are you simply out of luck?
When you're suffering from a medical condition that already makes you feel pretty miserable, there's nothing worse than an unsympathetic employer.
Have you ever heard someone say, "I was forced to quit," when talking about a job?
If you were suddenly fired, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether your termination was just unfair or outright illegal.
Can you legally refuse to work without being penalized for it?
Do you have an employment contract? Are you a member of a union that has a collective bargaining agreement with your employer?