Layoffs???

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about laid off:

What rights as an employee do you have after 12 years of service? I was laid off, and feel it was due to office politics and untrue rumors from three employees who not only had less seniority, but kept their jobs as well.

Signed, Laid Off

Dear Laid Off:

Twelve years and laid off? Due to company politics? From here it does not seem right that you would be the one laid off if others with less seniority are still employed. However, might they still be employed because they have skills and working at jobs that are more needed than you have? Unless you have a union contract with clear job descriptions and policy regarding seniority, you probably have no rights. The only other rights that you might have hinge on the number of employees where you work and whether your employer might be guilty of some form of discrimination.

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