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  • Vincent Tong

Employee Rights After a Tech Layoff

Losing a job can be a difficult and stressful experience, especially in the tech industry where layoffs are becoming more common. However, it is important to know that as a former employee, you have certain rights that your employer must abide by.

1. Severance Pay: Depending on the terms of your employment contract and the company's policy, you may be eligible for severance pay. This is a form of financial compensation given to employees who have been laid off.

2. Unemployment Benefits: If you have been laid off, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from your state. These benefits provide temporary financial support while you look for new employment.

3. Continuation of Health Insurance: Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), you have the right to continue your health insurance coverage for a limited time after your job loss.

4. Fair Reference: You can request for a fair and accurate reference to prospective employers. The former employer cannot provide false or misleading information about your employment history.

5. Protection from Discrimination: You are protected from discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, or any other protected status, even if the reason given is a layoff.

You have substantive rights as an employee, even if you are subject to a layoff. It is important to familiarize yourself with California employment laws that serve to protect employees and to ensure that your rights are protected based on a layoff. If you believe that your rights have been violated, it is recommended to seek the advice of a legal professional.

Being laid off (or any form of termination) can be a difficult and stressful time, but you do not have to face it alone. At TONG LAW, we have the expertise and experience to help you navigate the legal landscape and protect your employment law rights. If you are seeking an evaluation of severance pay or whether your layoff may have been a violation of your employment law rights, we are here to help.

Do not wait to seek legal support. Reach out to us today by visiting our website at Our team is ready to help you understand your options and take the next step towards resolving your issue.

Attorney Advertising: Information contained on this website is for general information only. Nothing on this website should be construed to be legal advice and no attorney-client relationship has been formed.

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