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My job was terminated, along with many others. The day I was

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my job was terminated, along...
my job was terminated, along with many others. The day I was terminated, I was informed that I would continued to be paid full salary and benefits for two months and also receive a severance package. A week latter, they said I would only receive the severance package. They said HR had made a mistake. The Verbal offer was made to me in front of my manager and my Director. Any recourse?
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: MA
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: no.
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: I had a operation scheduled for 8/22/16. Rotator cuff. Termination date 8/17. I had 100 hours of sick time available to me. I went ahead with operation due to the fact that I thought I was on payroll for two more months. I did not realize the urgency to start a job search. I cannot drive for the next 4 weeks. Both have impacted my job search efforts
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times.

While verbal agreements are enforceable, they are very hard to prove. I am going to assume you have nothing in writing. As such, the onus falls on you to prove that they made this promise by a preponderance of the evidence, which means 51% or over. You can theoretically subpoena witnesses to Court to force the issue, and perhaps even win the case. However the onus is on you to file the lawsuit, and many current employees may be afraid to confirm what was verbally promised because they would value their job security.

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