Rochester, NY asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York

Q: Layoff from small business questions

I live in NYS but worked for a small, company based in CA for the past 2.5 years. I was suddenly laid off, along with another woman (we make up 66% of the female workforce at this company) with no notice, under the guise that they were running out of money. I was also told, that they thought I might enjoy having the summer home with my kids. We were let go the same day, given our final checks but offered no severance. Is this worth pursuing further legally?

2 Lawyer Answers
V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Maybe?

Are they really running out of money? What will your damages possibly be? How will you collect?

Much depends on what you did how much you made and in what industry.

Call some lawyers who limit practices to employment law. Most of us will discuss with you no charge.

If you possibly can recover we know you will retain counsel because nowadays few employer's pay any severance and getting something decent is not that easy.

Barry E. Janay agrees with this answer

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Michael Diederich Jr.
Michael Diederich Jr.
Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Stony Point, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It is unclear where you worked from your question. If there were more than 15 full-time employees, federal law (Title VII) may provide protection if the layoff was motivated by gender discrimination. I recommend you discuss this with an employment lawyer who represents workers. Most of us will, at a minimum, discuss the matter with you over the phone. Mike D

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