Told I was laid off than terminated

I was told that I was being laid off with a one month severance pay. A week later, I received a letter telling me that I was terminated with just cause but nothing telling me what the just cause was. Also that my severance is cut in half.

What can I do?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 1, 2012 10:25 AM [EST]  |  applies to North Carolina

Answers (1)

Chris Wilms
If you signed a severance agreement, which may be entitled something different, like "Separation and Release Agreement" you will want to look through it to see if a reduction in severance pay is something you agreed to if you were found to be terminated for just cause.

Also, you may get some answers by calling them -- at least as to finding out what the just cause was.

If, ultimately, you get to a point where you believe that the other half of the severance was owed but not paid, severance pay would count as wages under the Wage and Hour Act, which provides statutory damages in a lot of cases in addition to the wages themselves.

posted by Chris Wilms  |  Feb 1, 2012 10:42 AM [EST]

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