I received a layoff notice yesterday after 5 years with my department and 10 with the organization. They told me my classification is being eliminated and a new title will perform my functions. Others in my situation are being reclassified to the new title and I haven't heard of anyone else being laid off. My performance reviews have always been good and I've never been formally disciplined in in any way. I have 30 days to find a new job in order to stay with the organization and retain my retirement plan (if I have a break in service I lose my current plan which is much better than what they offer new employees).
In October 2015 I filed a complaint against the VP for retaliation for taking a protected leave, disability discrimination and sexual harassment. Since I work in HR, I filed the complaint through the office of ethics and compliance. They didn't find the complaint to "rise to the level of improper governmental activity" and it was dropped. They did say that the issues would be addressed with the VP since the behavior was not appropriate for the VP of HR in a large organization (you think?). His behavior changed markedly towards me after he was spoken to. He stopped addressing me unless absolutely necessary and would do this fake nice thing that was really transparent. I think the moment his boss spoke with him is when he started devising a plan to get rid of me.
I spoke to an attorney yesterday who thinks I have a case but is concerned about the passage of time between the complaint and the layoff. These people know what they are doing and waited patiently to avoid the appearance of retaliation. They were also able to take advantage of some restructuring resulting from a recent audit. These are the perfect opportunities to get rid of people you don't like.
I have preferential rehire rights but only for the same classification and the same department which does me no good since they are eliminating that classification. I was thinking of appealing for a longer notice period and preferential rehire for the whole organization, not just my department. I plan to actively start applying to positions on Monday.
Is there anything else I should be aware of?