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Hello and I am truly sorry to see that this has occurred. Unfortunately, although unusual, there is no legal requirement to provide a written document. Her rights include unemployment compensation which should be available in most cases(if she worked the required time and has eligibility) and should be claimed immediately. She must receive written notice of her rights to continued health insurance known as COBRA rights but this will take some time. Also, you can certainly attempt to attain severance pay which could be based upon an employee handbook or similar policy if the company has one but unfortunately there is no legal right to this pay. Finally, if your wife feels her position was eliminated for discriminatory reasons, she may file a complaint with the EEOC(federal agency charged with protecting employees against discrimination). I hope all of this helps and she finds a better position soon.
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