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    I was recently laid off after from my job of 5 years. In notification of my termination, the Executive VP & COO told me over the phone what the terms of the agreement was that included 8 weeks severance pay. This was on speakerphone with my acting supervisor in attendance. All of which would be detailed in the packet I was to recieve at home in the mail. However, when I recieved the packet, the severance pay in the contract was for only 4 weeks. I would like to ask if I have any legal footing to have the Executive VP & COO honor what was verbally told. I don't intend to sign the sererance packet until I talk to the HR department. Any help is appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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    Have you asked about the discrepency? It may be a typo. Or the VP and COO could have been mistaken. You won't know until yo uask.

    As severance isn't required by any law, you are not going to get far claiming that one conversation entitles you to an extra 4 weeks. That doesn't mean I wouldn't ask and explain you were told 8 weeks.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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