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  • Termination due to COVID

    My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New York
    Hi. I was terminated by my employer without a severance and signing any forms. I was told in writing that it is because of COVID-19 financial crisis to the company and if things get better for the company I would get called back. Several other employees were terminated as well. A couple of months later I find out that my job was filled by the former receptionist of the company less than a month later I was terminated. So therefore I was lied to in my termination and my job was given to someone else.

    Do I have a case against my former employer?

    Thank you!

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    I realize that this post is six months old but I've only just realized that the board was re-opened. On the off chance that you're still monitoring for responses, no, this is not anything for which you can sue your employer. Unless you have a contract or CBA that guarantees you rehire rights, it's up to the employer whether to bring you back to work or not. If they want to refill your position with someone else, they may.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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