Just being honest, but @tea it sounds like a mess from both sides of the involved parties. Besides, her being late doesn't mean a damn shit. It's about you as an employee. I know it feels unfair, but that is the way it is. If they want you out, they will do so. Make sure you do check legislation on what the specific termination they state it under officially means; are they writing the truth, do you collect unemployment for the reasons they state, do you get your holiday hours, bonus, compensation? You could always fight this with a lawyer and they might not like that and offer more money. Ask someone for advice. If you get terminated after working there for X amount of period, you are allowed to get a fee with has to be calculated according to time of working there, base salary, etc - do check this. It is the case in the Netherlands. I'd say ask them so you can use them as a reference while you apply to new jobs. Some countries do restrict bad mouthing you. Might differ here and there. A few tips in general: You are not obliged to sign anything you do not want to! Don't sign anything without having it checked by someone who knows a bit of the law. There are organizations that might help for free with legal advice, different for each country of course. You do not have to sign away rights or anything - always make sure you check what is legally allowed, knowing the general regulations in employment for your country has saved my ass a few times - hours working, holiday time, etc Always check and try to connect with a HR professional or a lawyer with experience in your network, to check resumes, contracts, etc. I know this is not easy. But helps a lot with advice! Or just someone who works in HR with a bit of knowledge. Get what you have a right to in compensation (if applicable), have a good reference and start somewhere (better) with a fresh start!