Any managers have experience being sued for wrongful termination?
We received a letter at my work from a lawyer stating that we were being sued over wrongful termination. My boss called me in to discuss it because the employee was terminated by me almost a year ago and I was mentioned directly in the letter. I saw the letter but did get a chance to read it, my boss had not even had a chance to read it thoroughly.
My boss tried to reassure me to not get too worked up over this, as we still had to show the letter to our lawyer and go from there. Also that I might need to be present in court and so would the witness we had in the documentation of dismissal. However my boss did say, "this is bad" before we started discussing it. So thus at this point I'm still pretty worked up.
When we fired the employee last year we had documentation and supporting witnesses to the issue at hand. This employee did receive unemployment. It's almost a year later and we are an at-will state.
Has anyone been through this before? I'm terrified because my boss said "this is bad." I know what I did was correct based on the facts we had and the decision we (me and my boss) made for the company but now I feel like I did something wrong. I'm second guessing things that happened and I'm just stressed.
What is the process of these things? Anyone been through one? Is this normal to have something like this happen when you are in management with HR duties?