Laid off after 14 years

United States
December 15, 2006 10:38am CST
I just got a call yesterday from my work telling me their revenues are way down and they don't need me right now. I have also been on maternity leave for the past two months and was planning to go back in January. They tell me they may be able to take me back in March maybe part time. So for now I have to file for unemployment. I am just disapointed that I was working there for 14 years, always on time, rarely called out sick. Apparently the managerial company they are using said no more staff than what they have now. I can't contribute to my 401K now because a percentage was coming out of my paycheck and I have to pay full insurance now. Luckily I have insurance under my husband and not the company or I would really be screwed. I understand its business and nothing personal but wouldn't it be better to lay off the people who have been there less than two years than someone who has been there as long as I have?
3 responses
@medooley (1875)
• United States
17 Dec 06
From a business stand point it really depends on the job that you are doing as to if it would be better to get rid of someone who has been there for only two years apposed to someone who has been there 14 years. My guess is that they pay you more than someone who has only been there for two years. If you both do the same job, and you both have about the same skill level it makes more sence to get rid of the person who is getting paid more. One thing that confuses me about your post is that you say you have to pay full insurance now, but then you say that you are under your husbands plan? That confuses me. Does it stink. Yes. Get back out there and look for a job. Hopefully you will be able to find something that your last 14 years of work will prepare you for. Good luck
• United States
17 Dec 06
That makes sense about the pay. I never thought about that. About the insurance they were paying half of my husbands plan since they also pay half of the insurance the other employees have under their plan.
• United States
14 Sep 08
it always comes down to money in life. I bet you were being paid way more than the new employees, making you the best "choice" for lay offs. I'm sorry that they did that! The best choice isn't always the right choice...
@jimbl75 (152)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Similar things have been happening at my work. I know of two people that were let go that worked there over 15 years, and one I think was there 20 years or more. One of them was replaced, so that was obviously a case of "we can hire someone new for about half as much as you make" type deal. Some others weren't there as long, but I thought they were doing a great job and that the job they were doing was indispensable. Our company has had a rough go of it lately, so I think it is as mainly a matter of them thinking a reduction in outflow is an increase in inflow. Makes me nervous. Good luck, hopefully it will all work out for the best in the long run, I am firm believer in things happening for a reason. Jim