Fired / Terminated Without Cause: Oil & Gas Employee

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When you are fired from your oil & gas job, your initial reaction might well be that the employer's proposed termination and severance pay package is the best that you will ever see, and if you were to fight for more, your former boss would deploy the petroleum corporation's high-priced legal team to quash your efforts to get what you are rightly entitled to. However, you shouldn't be dissuaded from at least having your former employer's termination and severance offer reviewed by a knowledgeable lawyer, which is your legal right and a stated expectation of your former employer (although their hope is that your lawyer doesn't dig too deep and discover the inadequacies of their proposed payout).

Employee terminations are largely driven by financial decisions, determined by corporate executives and financial experts, who are attempting to optimize the company's profits and limit its costs. And in these fiscal calculations, an ex-employee provides no further positive contribution towards the company's bottom line. As such, their termination and severance pay packages tend to be kept as low as possible, while seeking to avoid disincentivizing current and future employees or exposing the company to employment litigation that could prove harmful. Yet, even than, the dynamics of employment litigation make commencing with lowball offers an overall financial winner, given how many former employees will accept the initial offer or even a slightly improved offer, such that there is generally little concern for larger employers.

Given this reality, it is quite likely that you've been offered a wholly inadequate termination and severance pay package, such that you would be well served to have it reviewed by a knowledgeable lawyer and obtain an honest assessment as to what you might be able to obtain and how the lawyer would go about pursuing it. And even though your former employer will have sought to insulate itself against their terminated employees, through the initial investigation, it is often possible to identify legitimate legal avenues to more effectively pursue a significantly greater payout. For even though the largest employers have large payroll, human resource and legal departments, that does not prevent them from making mistakes and thereby providing ourselves with the legal leverage to effectively counter what tends to be highly inadequate offers to departing employees. What is essential is knowing where to look and what to look for, such that we might reverse the advantage that even the largest of employers believe they enjoy and thereby utilize their finanical power against them.

Given the aggressive nature of our legal approach, which takes an incredibly harsh attitude towards these employers and the statutory impropriety of their employee actions, it is not necessarily appropriate for all former oil & gas employees, who are willing to take but a fraction of what they are legally entitled to. Nevertheless, for those employees who are committed to pursuing what they are legally entitled to and holding their former employer to account, contact our law firm for a confidential initial consultation at or 403-400-4092.

Fired Oil & Gas Employee: Where is your Golden Parachute?

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