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I was terminated from a job about six months ago due to "lack of work". However, this was clearly a lie and they the reality of the situation is that I was fired. We actually had three months left on the job on which I was working.

The issue is that I had a six month performance review written into my offer letter with salary adjustment based on strong performance.

They weasled their way out of giving me the review, but gave me the raise anyway. I have no idea why. Then they fired me just before my anniversary date where they would have had to give me two weeks vacation.

I quit a job and moved across the country for these jerks and then they discarded me like a peice of trash in an area where I had no contacts and in one of the worst economies ever.

I feel like I should have been given a severance package of some kind. Is there any recourse for wrongful termination in this case? It occured in the state of Delaware.

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John
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sounds like something didnt work out. you probably were screwed. my advice? move on, dont waste time going back and forth over it. it sucks and it stings when you get canned on a job. i know how you feel man, but you can only move on and find another job. sitting and getting pissed about it and trying to find ways to get back at them wont get your job back. be the better person.
 

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I quit a job and moved across the country for these jerks and then they discarded me like a peice of trash in an area where I had no contacts and in one of the worst economies ever.
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That goes with my own philosophy, "never be a company man". They are in it for themselves, so I'm in it for myself too. If you move anywhere for a job, you have to decide if it's a risk worth taking, because there's always a good chance the job won't work out. Heck I've never had a job that worked out, until I started working for myself.

I'm unaware of the hiring and firing laws in Delaware, but in most states and counties, you can hire and fire who ever you want.
 

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They did give you a severence package, unemployment benefits.

In most states if you are fired you can't get unemployment benefits, but if you are laid off for lack of work you can get the benefits.

So look on the bright side, at least you weren't fired
 

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In most states the only "wrongful termination" is one that violates federal laws against discrimination. It would be wrongful to terminate you for your religion, ethnicity, etc. but ok to terminate you because your shirt was purple.

If you drive a Toyota, that's cause in and of itself.
 

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I'm not sure how PA is but Ohio is a fire at will state. Meaning we do not have to have a reason to fire someone. My advice would be forget about it and move to a state there is work.
 

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Ok, if I was fired for performance, which I was, they had to give me the six month performance review that was written into my offer and tell me what my performance problems were. That is what they did wrong. And all I'm think I deserve is a severance package of three months salary.

Screw unemployment. Unemployment is poverty level income. They can frickin' keep it.
 

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Delaware is an employment-at-will state which means that, absent an employment contract (or collective bargaining agreement) which provides otherwise, an employer can discharge an employee for any reason, or no reason, with or without notice, as long as the discharge does not violate a law. Also, under the employment-at-will doctrine, an employee can terminate the employment relationship with or without notice.
Move on.

It's doesn't matter if they had $10 worth of work or $10 million. Obviously, you didn't make yourself irreplaceable. There are two sides to every story, and we've only heard yours. I'll not speculate on why you were let go--but sitting around and crying about it certainly hasn't done any good has it? Over and over in your blogs you complain about the state of the industry and employers and how we're all jack-booted profiteers who care nothing for our people.

Stop playing the virgin who got felt up on prom night. In construction you pull your weight, or you're shown the door. Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. But I can think of any number of reasons why I'd let someone go without a performance review.

More and more employers are searching the internet for information on prospective employees. Your name is certainly easy to find from what you've written here and in your own blog. You're obviously a book smart guy, but with all due respect--you're not showing a lot of common sense in marketing yourself to prospective employers or property owners.
 

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So you were fired because of poor performance and yet you want a severance package after being employed at a place for 6 months? Wow, talk about entitlement.
You're right, that's what I had thought.
 

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Years ago, before I left the military, I lined up a job with a HUGE construction company. I had the written job offer, etc. I moved from the East coast to the West coast for this position. Once I got here and called the company, ready to go to work, I was told that they had just made a bunch of cuts and laid a ton of people off, so they wouldn't be putting me to work.

Trust me when I say I know how much that bites! My best advice is: move on and get over it. There are a million loop holes they can use to thier advantage, and if you decide to fight, you may go broke and insane doing so.

Learn from it.
 

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So, basically, in a nutshell, you didn't provide them with what they wanted (good work). So, they fired you and now you want to be paid for work you didn't do? And, unemployment is beneath you?

I really don't want this to get moved to the P & R place where you'll get torn asunder by the wolves, but I betcha' I know who you voted for...


...here how about we bail you out?

 

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So you were fired because of poor performance and yet you want a severance package after being employed at a place for 6 months? Wow, talk about entitlement.
Totally agree. Maybe it was the attitude of entitlement that got you let go.

Move on, and learn something here !
 
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