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Old Yesterday, 09:42 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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"Fired" means you were terminated for cause. Since most companies are at-will employers and don't owe anybody a job, they use the term, "laid off," even if the employee was terminated for cause. You learn early that you never give an ex-employee a bad reference. That way lie lawsuits, and you will pay through the nose.
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Old Today, 06:02 AM
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Most companies do not give any sort of reference. They merely confirm dates of employment. This has been a common practice for decades and avoids lawsuits. If you need a reference from employment that can be done by a request to your boss or perhaps even a coworker. The request may be honored or not. When I received such requests I was also very cautious. If the company would not stick out its neck, why should I? Even for good employees, I would never provide any sort of comprehensive assessment of performance. I merely mentioned some of their positive traits.
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Old Today, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by AZPurdue View Post
Former employer does not have any control over unemployment benefits. Just saying that since I was laid off, I do get up to six months of unemployment benefits. Conversely, if I had quit, I would not get any unemployment benefits.
I donít think thatís completely accurate. If someone is fired for cause, your company may have the option to object to that person receiving unemployment benefits. Iíve been involved in quite a few cases where I provided data which lead to an employeeís termination and that was followed a few months later by a requested for physical data to the extent to which itís available simply because thereís a hearing and the company wishes to provide evidence which led to the term and stop any unemployment benefits.
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