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Unfortunately, there is nothing inherently illegal about telling an employee an inaccurate reason for why they are being let go. This is true because employment in all states but Montana is "at will" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination is fair, reasonable or even true.
Since an employer doesn't need a good reason or even a true reason to terminate employment, the law does not require an employer to disclose their true reason. This, of course, assumes your employer was intentionally misleading you in the first place. It's possible that they cut too many positions are are rehiring, or that they are now experiencing unexpected growth.
What you'd need to prove is that you were terminated for an illegal reason, such as discrimination based on a legally protected trait (i.e. race, religion, disability). Even then, however, if you signed a severance agreement you almost certainly waived your right to bring such a claim. Most severance agreements also contain a clause saying your employer has no obligation to rehire you, so a claim can't be premised on discrimination occurring after the severance agreement was signed.
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