Whatever they called it, it is painful and sudden.
You may have heard or seen some "Red" Flags that
suggested something was up; new management,
poor quarterly results, demand newer skills, or
just the time for a purge of disliked or successful
people. The fact is, you may never know the truth.
They are doing you a significant favor as you may
never have considered leaving a company in such horrible shape.
Involuntary Termination of Employment Policy | Society for HR Management
Yes, it is painful, but celebrate! You are no longer tied to that company.
Everyone will be terminated at some point, voluntary, involuntary or death.
While once the "course of last resort" it is a vehicle of preference many times.
Your options for recourse are limited by state, federal and contract (if any) law.
As with any involuntary separation, it is painful but it is not guaranteed terminal.
Suggestion; get the emotions flushed from your system, do a reset, and find a job.
SHOULD YOU SENSE your job may be at risk, consider the following actions:
Do not be hostile, show anger or resentment, become argumentative. The "script" for your leaving
has been written and it will be followed ... you have no vote or voice today. If something is said
you may indicate a disagreement with their position and leave it at that. Do not elaborate on it as
this may draw you into the emotions you must stay away from. Those battles, if any, will be handled
by people trained for such matters if necessary.
1. Anything in your desk may be subject to search with or without your consent or knowledge. You
will not be able to legally establish you had anything in your desk before or after a search. You
should not keep your personal cell phone or other equipment in or on your desk as they may elect
to search that equipment looking for company proprietary information. Some companies will
argue the names and/or phone numbers inside your cell phone is a violation of company policy
thus raising the potential for termination for cause.
2. You may be denied the right to return to your desk to collect personal items which may prevent you
from accessing any medications at your desk, items of value (monetary or sentimental), records
documenting awards for company stock or other items of value, your umbrella on a rainy day, your
lunch, wallet or purse, etc. Some companies will NOT take, record, or retain an inventory of your
personal items. Small valuable items you use every day that is personal property may not be
remembered for weeks or months after your departure.
3. If your car is parked on company property, you may be required to open your car for inspection. If
it parked in a public lot, if company policy calls for validation or payment of your ticket, make sure
you have your ticket and get it taken care of before you leave the building.
4. Some companies will refuse to replace the documents or awards you were given thus increasing your
challenge to claim those awards or leave it impossible to receive them due to decisions sometimes of
on non-management person. If it is of value and you may need it on any given day, consider keeping
it inside your car and not your desk.
5. Begin minimizing your potential losses by removing that which is legally your property from your
desk, work area or other locations. Obtaining replacements for prescription medications, prescription
eye glasses, hearing aids, specialized batteries, injectors for insulin may be difficult or very
expensive to replace.
6. Assume the company may not take pro-active steps to secure your personal property leaving it
subject to loss at your expense. Claims against the company will require proof it was there at the
time you were terminated.
7. While you may have been fully cooperative and professional during this period and never have shown
any indication of hostilities, you may be escorted by one or more armed security guards in full view of
anyone around. While argued it is for the protection of company assets and personnel, your "perp walk"
as it may be referred to internally, is being videotaped by security cameras for unknown future
purposes. In companies like this, give thanks for the favor of terminating you to set you free for a
Here are some articles to enhance your "early warning" of potential trouble:
The laws governing involuntary separations vary by state with language that is unfamiliar to most
non-lawyers. Before threatening action against an employer, see if you have documented groups
to undertake such action and the long term risks it may pose to your future employment as some
would rather fight that discuss and others never let go of a grudge. The CT Groups cannot act as
a lawyer and is not dispensing legal advice but provide information found from posted material.
Do These 4 Critical Action Steps When You've Been (Unexpectedly) Laid Off
| Inc., J. T. O'Donnell
A large U.S. technology company, Ricoh, announced layoffs of over 1500 employees last week. They
won't be the last to conduct major RIFs (reductions in force) this year. There's a new trend towards
companies cutting more quickly (and, more deeply) than ever before. In fact, for some employers, it's
now standard practice to layoff the lowest performing portion of their businesses every year. The good
news is, the job market is solid and there are opportunities available. However, given the average hiring
process takes 21-days and that the job search by the unemployed takes longer, here's what I always
advise those affected by a layoff to do immediately:
6 Honest Mistakes That Can Get You Fired | Linkedin, Dr. Travis Bradberry 04/03/2017
There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry
hard-hitting consequences. A recent study from the ePolicy Institute surveyed more than 300 companies
and found that a third of them have fired employees for the misuse of company technology. Companies
are so worried about employee abuse of technology that 45% of those surveyed admitted that they track
employee technology use (some all the way down to the keystroke), yet only two US states require
employers to notify employees when they’re monitoring them.
You're Fired! How to Handle Getting Fired | TheBalance.com, Alison Doyle 09/26/2016
Getting fired, unfortunately, can happen to the best of us. It can happen even when it's not your fault.
For instance, there could be a personality conflict between yourself and your supervisor. Or, your idea
of what the job was going to be like might differ from what management was thinking. You could have
simply screwed up. It happens. You're not alone. Regardless of the circumstances, what should you do
if you've been fired?
What You Should Ask An Employer When You're Fired | TheBalance.com, Alison Doyle 12/15/2016
NOTE: TheBalance.com frequently includes related articles at the bottom of each web page.
These may bring you incremental value to your inquiry for information.
Getting fired or laid-off from your job can be very stressful. Your first instinct may be to get up and
leave immediately following the conversation, but you shouldn't give up so easily. There are many
questions you should ask your employer when you’re fired. It's important to find out exactly why your
employment is being terminated, if there are any steps you can take to have the decision reversed, and
perhaps most importantly what - if any - compensation you're entitled to following the firing.