California Employment Law
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Yes, this company is "the biggest company" in CA and they offered 2 months salary lump sum when I requested relocating back to MA (they recruited me from MIT, paid for relocation, but threatened to fire me with no training or paying back for relocation after me complaining about 15-17 hour work days, weekend work and holiday work.
Thanks for your reply.So it sounds like you started work, discovered you were working completely intolerable hours, eventually complained and were offered a severance package in exchange for your resignation? Would you say that is a fair summary of the circumstances?Also, would you say that your hours were misrepresented before taking the job, and if so why? Finally, were you working prior to this job in MA, or were you recruited straight from school?Sorry for all these followup questions but I need this information to answer your question as best as possible.
I never wrote a resignation, just signed a paper that says I will not sue them and both sides are dropping the claims (release of claims, if I remember correctly). The hours were DEFINITELY misrepresented, they even showed us SF but I had no time to eat lunch OR dinner, was on the phone with China almost every night (on one circumstance until 1.30 am). They supposedly reduced my workload after I complained and had me work with Brazil only for about 20 days, but they put all my actions under scrutiny to collect evidence to say that am not doing my job. The manager seemed very determined to find reasons to make me look like am not doing my job.
I was recruited after 1 year Master's program at MIT, however my latest professional work (5 years experience) is outside the asked window on CA unemployment questionnaires.
Could you please be a little more specific on what I need to say during the interview?
I have written proof that my boss said if I did not work it out with employee relations, he will "proceed with termination"
Also, there must be a way to prove that I was on the phone with China until 1.30 am in the morning on one circumstance, and working until midnight on many circumstances, which are "good cause" to leave work.
Can we be more specific as to what I can list as "good causes"?
Basically, what will I need to say? (I will take your advice as a suggestion, but I need more concrete help, if possible)
Employee relations told me that if I was "fired" I cannot get unemployment benefits or any severance, whereas if I take their offer, they will not hold the benefits back (or contest it) and also I get the 2 month severance. Should I talk about this? On top of that there was the email from manager saying he will fire me, so I took the package, voluntarily, but since I HAD to take it.
I also offered them to transfer me to another department, they did not help saying I am ineligible because I am on a "performance coaching" plan. Would this prove that I tried to keep my job? They told me I am not a good fit for those working hours, but doing my job great, before their opinion suddenly changed into "not doing your job great" that led to me reacting and going to HR and employee relations.
Really, the worst company in the world, BY FAR. They are not interested in humanity at all.
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