Are there any exceptions for long term employment to receive severance pay?

I had been working for the same company for over 22 1/2 years and the last 7 years I worked from home doing billing and collections for them. This past September I was laid off due to the company having to outsouirce the insurance department to an outside company. I was only given 3 days notice before I was let go and was denied any severance pay. Although it is not mandatoty for an employer to provide a severance package, could I still qualify to receive benefits. I know that there was at least another employee whom did receive severance benefits.
Please advise.

1 answer  |  asked Jan 23, 2014 09:40 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (1)

Phyllis Towzey
As you note, there is no law in Florida that requires an employer to provide severance pay. From the information you've provided, the only possibilities would be: (1) if the company had a policy of providing severance, but excluded you based on your age, race, sex or other protected class status; or (2) if there is a discriminatory pattern based on who receives severance and who does not (you mentioned another employee did receive a package. I would suggest you contact an employment law attorney to discuss the specific facts surrounding your termination, and any company policy or practice.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Jan 23, 2014 10:11 AM [EST]

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