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Did you have a written employment agreement providing for severance or guaranteed employment for a fixed period of time?
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In the absence of a contractual obligation to do so, the employer has no legal obligation to pay severance to a departing employee.
That is not to say you can not ask and negotiate an exit package, just that the legal obligation must be established by written contract.
This true regardless of how long you worked there.
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