Hello, I was laid off from my employer last Friday (9/16/6). They are a government consulting firm. They told me that it was not due to misconduct, just that the client didn't think I was a good fit for the team (I was the only person of color on the team).
The employer stated that they didn't have any other project work for me, so I was being let go from the company, as well. They have repeatedly asked that I submit a resignation in lieu of termination
, stating that I can still receive unemployment insurance
. They do not consider it a lay off, even though they stated I was being let go for lack of work assignments.
When I suggested I was talking with an attorney because they refused to give me a formal letter of termination, they sent an email asking again if I want to resign and offering a 2 week severance pay
if I sign a release form.
According to the unemployment
office, quitting your job does not qualify an individual for benefits. Are they breaking some laws by continually asking me to resign, so they won't have to pay unemployment benefits
Do I have some sort of leverage to request more of a severance, considering they are offering one now only after I stated I was speaking to an attorney?
Is anything they are doing standard procedure (not providing a letter of termination, requesting my resignation vs layoff
, offering severance after the word "attorney" is brought up)?