I was fired from my prior employer after many years of hard work and dedication due to the head of the company "no longer trusting" me. The company was unable to provide me with a concrete reason for my termination aside from that. I am confident I wasn't fired for any type of misconduct or for poor performance - I was promoted many times over the years and received plenty of positive reviews and received a "hush" agreement at separation. To make a very long story short, it was unfortunately a very toxic and cult-like environment and I was contemplating leaving before the pandemic settled in.
I'm grateful to be removed from the unhealthy culture, but providing a reason for no longer being at my previous employer is a little tricky during interviews. It's basic etiquette to never speak negatively about your former employer, but it's also difficult to explain why I was terminated from my prior role without making myself look untrustworthy or like a poor candidate. It doesn't feel appropriate to lie and tell interviewers I was let go in relation to the pandemic, but it also seems unlikely that I would quit my job during economic uncertainty while everything was fine and dandy at my previous job.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? What was your response to interviewers inquiring about no longer being at your previous employer?