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This week marks one year since my two supervisors came into my office accompanied by a security guard and had me walked out telling me "it was time for a change". I had been with the company for 18 years and it was devastating. I was never allowed back into the office, even to pack my things which were shipped to me. I was lucky. In about one month I was able to get a similar job but at about half my salary. I'm 57 and there is no way I'll ever make it back to where I was. I know I'm definitely one of the lucky ones because I'm working..but man, it still hurts.
 

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I can’t like that one, that just stinks. The bad thing is they probably realized their mistake after letting you go, but we’re too stubborn to ask you back.
 

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The company my wife worked for years ago would do that to anyone let go (I believe if you put in your resignation also). Didn't want to give anyone the chance to do anything on the corporate computer to exact revenge or cause problems! Keep your head up and don't look back!
 

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This week marks one year since my two supervisors came into my office accompanied by a security guard and had me walked out telling me "it was time for a change". I had been with the company for 18 years and it was devastating. I was never allowed back into the office, even to pack my things which were shipped to me. I was lucky. In about one month I was able to get a similar job but at about half my salary. I'm 57 and there is no way I'll ever make it back to where I was. I know I'm definitely one of the lucky ones because I'm working..but man, it still hurts.
That type thing is nearly always caused by some over paid diva in a suit fresh off of executive training. Stories like this make me glad I worked for the Feds in an "essential" job that was hard to get fired from. I was able to make it to early retirement, and I was the one who told THEM to shove it! If I would have stayed another year, I would have strangled some idiot. Glad to see you have a good attitude after getting burned like that.
 

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I'm curious, what happened to make them fire you? The story seems a little incomplete.
 

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I started the firestorm, so I'll ask my question again. This has nothing to do with rape, that was a 100% off the wall uncalled for response. There's no analogy at all to this situation.

What if the firing was unjustified? Was there a recourse? What if it was justified? I'm curious as to the events that led up to the dismissal, especially with a Security Guard present. If it is in fact none of my business, I reserve the right to be non-sympathetic.

I've had to fire people, and once in my life I was fired, so I'm speaking from experience. I had to take a former employer to Labor Court to recover wages he shorted me, so I know there are avenues of recourse available through the Department of Labor in every State if you've been wronged on the job.
 

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Why not just offer condolences to the guy for his difficult time, congratulate him on fulfilling the "keep calm and carry on" admonition, and not rub his face in the manure? If he was wrong, he knows it. If he was innocent and it was undeserved, he knows it. Now, he is merely sharing his pain over a bad experience. An encouraging word costs us nothing, but it might make his day.
 

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I was raised to be loyal, be respectful, and give two weeks notice. 60 years later, I found I was the only party being loyal, I never worked anywhere more than 9 years, never got a two week notice on my departure, always gave two weeks notice which was refused both times and today became termination date, after being "let go" from close to 15 companies working incredible overtime hours, I found no one needed me as much as my family. I finally quit (they did give me a small pension for my 7 years) just short of 69 years old and at 70, they asked me to come back for a week as a consultant, with a couple more weeks offered up later in the summer. As an aside, I pulled the John Wayne line, "I'll have to charge retirement rate, double salary". They said fine, so I agreed. ya just never know....good luck with the next opportunity that comes down the road. It ain't over 'til it's over.
 

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I was part of a corporate "restructuring". For every older guy released they also got a younger guy. They cut a lot of vacation off the payroll and made it so we could not claim age discrimination. Funny thing was that I had trained my replacement. I moved on to a job closer to home, same money and a lot better boss. Only thing I missed was my 4 weeks vacation.
Ever see the cartoon strip DILBERT? The PHB was my boss to a T.
It was turning into a bad situation and probably the best thing for me.
 
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