Laid off because job was "eliminated", yet company is still hiring for the position

I was recently laid-off because I was told that my job was "eliminated". I've since learned that my former company is filling my position internally (same title) with less-costly employees. I'm unclear on the legality of this, but it seems that my job was not really "eliminated", but rather I was let go because of my salary. Any insight you can provide is greatly appreciated.

1 answer  |  asked Apr 1, 2001 1:06 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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Joseph Heppt
New York lay-off

Generally, in New York, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all. This general rule, however, assumes that there was no employment agreement between the employer and the employee and that the decision to terminate was not made for any discriminatory reason. Thus, whether an employee who has been laid off has any claim against their former employer depends upon the specific circumstances. I would be happy to discuss this with you further. You can reach me at to set up an appointment.

posted by Joseph Heppt  |  Apr 2, 2001 10:59 AM [EST]

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