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No. I don't have any written employment contract.
I don't know why I said No. Unfortunately I think it may have been out of pride. But I do know that working with this co-worker full time would be difficult.
During that meeting I did not get the impression that I was being offered my position in the old group. It felt like they had already decided to let me go. Because that very morning in the kitchen, the Director of Operations came in and told me that the CEO wanted to see me and that I should see him at the end of the day so it wouldn't interfere with my performance of the experiments. Right away the thought that I was going to be let go came into my head.
At one point during the meeting with the CEO, he said to the Director of Operations that sometimes personalities don't get along - meaning me and the co-worker.
And I spoke to my direct supervisor a couple of days to ask why I was being let go because I said I wasn't really clear on the reason. He said because me and the co-worker couldn't get along. It was nobody's fault but he couldn't forsee success of the department if relations were bad between me and the co-worker.
I never felt that I was being offered my old position back. I felt that they wanted to get rid of me.
Thanks for your thoughtful answer. I found it strange that they would ask me to sign that letter but perhaps it's because they don't want to pay me unemployment. Would you know whether I can claim unemployment if I've only worked for three months? And if the employer contests my claim would I have a good chance of winning?
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