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Severance Pay

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? CO

I was recently laid off by my employer. While discussing this with my boss over the phone, I was told that I would receive 10 weeks of severance pay. Upon my exit interview I received contradictory information that my severance pay would only be 6 weeks, and that I would be receiving it on my normally scheduled pay dates. My question is two fold...1) do I have any recourse on the additional 4 weeks of severance pay. 2) My normally schedule pay day was 7/1. I haven’t received a check. I fear to pressure too much because I don’t want them to pull their current offer. Any suggestions?


Senior Member
Unless you have a contract stating otherwise, no employer is required to give you any kind of severence.

What do you have in writing?


Junior Member
I have a generic letter that was sent to all employees that were laid off. It outlines the severence pay policy, how much I should get based on time at work, what happens if i'm rehired early, and other claims. It however doesnt state when it will be paid. That was a verbal commitment by my previous boss.


Senior Member
Call your former boss or appropriate manager (HR?) and tell them nicely that your boss told you that you would receive 10 weeks of severance pay and see what they say. Nobody's going to pull all your severance just because you call to ask for clarification. The worst thing that can happen is that you find out the boss didn't know what he was talking about and that you'll receive six weeks just like everyone else.

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