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Rather than just accepting the offer, can I counter with a request for a severance package?
Response 1: Yes, you can under the circumstances. You appear to be a victim of age, gender, and disability discrimination: you are a female who is 40 and over and going through cancer treatment. Your company may be trying to get rid off you because of these three things. It does not make sense that you are the only one being offered this package at this time.
Does it matter that I am 55 years old, female and currently under treatment for cancer?
Response 2: Yes, it does matter. You can file discrimination complaint against the employer if the employer has 15/20 or more employees for this illegal action if you are the only one in this class (sex, age, disability) being treated this way. You can file complaint with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.