If I was recently let go from my job of 22 years but was only given 3 months severance, do I have a right to more?

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If I was recently let go from my job of 22 years but was only given 3 months severance, do I have a right to more?

It’s my understanding that the norm is 1 to 2 weeks per year of employment. I’m considering having an attorney send them a letter asking for 6 months severance based on my tenure. Is that worth the time effort and money or should I take the 3 months since they aren’t required to provide severance at all?

Asked on February 10, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You have answered your own question: unless you had a written employment contract guarantying you a certain amount of severance, your employer has no obligation to provide any severance at all and, if they voluntarily choose to give you severance, may offer you any amount they choose, regardless of tenure or industry "norms."


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