I was reminded of this question from How to answer "Have you ever been terminated?"
Awhile ago I was fired for just cause. I still think it was unfair and was looking into legal actions, but decided it wouldn't be worth my time or money.
- The company I worked for fired many people for just cause
- It was in the news that the company was undergoing massive layoffs, and firing for just cause is cheaper because they don't have to pay severance
- When I asked why I was being fired I was only given "I had hung up on a customer and wasn't meeting expectations". I admit I did hangup but the customer was swearing at me and I reached my snapping point. I admit, if the expectation was I'm ok being sworn at, the job wasn't for me but I wish we had a frank talk before getting firing.
Many job applications have a tick box for if you have been fired before. Since I can only answer yes or no, what should I do? I'm afraid it would be used as some sort of automatic filter where applicants who put "yes" are automatically disqualified.
My ideas are:
- If it's a paper form put "yes" but beside it add some sort of note. This wouldn't work if it's a website.
- Put no but then if I get to an interview, bring it up and explain I put no but actually was fired for what I believe to be unjust reasons.