Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
Hello and welcome. I am very sorry you are being let go. Did you have a pension plan through your employer?
You would not typically be divested of your pension simply because your company changed ownership. However, if you have not vested and are laid off, you would not be entitled to any pension money. Basically, the same rules apply to pension entitlement whether your employer changed ownership or not.
As for sick leave, an employee does not have a legal right to be compensated for unused sick leave, so the fact you are being laid off with unused sick leave and not being paid for that time would not violate any law. Vacation and PTO time is treated differently. Your employer needs to pay you the cash value of your unused days upon your separation of employment.
I hope this answers your questions. Please feel free to let me know if you have any further concerns.