Thank you for the additional information.
I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, an "offer" to resign is a resignation upon the acceptance of the offer, just as an offer to buy a car can create a binding contract upon the acceptance of the offer. You are behind the eight ball on this one and need to be a little creative. You should respond in writing that the offer to resign was conditional on negotiating a severance package, or some other condition, and not intended to be unconditional. Since nothing was in writing, the offer is certainly subject to interpretation.
As an at-will employee, however, your employer can discharge you from your employment for any reason, or no reason, so long as it is not a violation of your civil rights (illegal discrimination
, for example). So, whether you resign or are fired may carry little distinction except for your eligibility to collect unemployment benefits
, if you are otherwise eligible.
I am sorry. I realize this is not the answer you were hoping for. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I ask that you not penalize me for having to deliver less than favorable news.
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