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Day 12 — Aim for All-Cash Deal

Monday, March 23, 2009


Untangling your relationship with your former employer can take several weeks, if not months, if you don’t roll over and do what the HR person says, which is to sign the severance agreement right away because, after all, the package is so generous, how could you possibly turn it down? Actually, they want to get rid of you as fast as you

Day 5 — Don’t Take the Severance and Run

Sunday, March 15, 2009


My severance agreement reminded me of an article about landlord-tenant leases I had written when I worked for my college newspaper. Like the leases I wrote about, the severance agreement was one-sided and onerous. It took away all of my rights to file a lawsuit and didn’t provide an inkling of protection from the company bad-mouthing me. Its language was enveloped in prose that insisted it was offering me a “generous” severance.

Day 4 — Your Stuff, Getting It

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Three days later, I returned to my former place of employment to retrieve my belongings—a bike, posters, kid pictures and a few books. Nothing much, and things I could live without, except for my son’s artwork. I did want that back. I wasn’t so sure I’d be riding my bike again, given my bad back and now no good insurance to repair it. But it was worth retrieving, because maybe I could always sell it.

Day 1 — Fired

Friday, March 13, 2009


I was stuffing a Payday candy bar in my mouth while dragging a too-heavy-to-carry box across my office carpet before the axe fell. I had been thinking about going home because I didn’t feel productive after I had finished creating a table-top display for the company’s Christmas party. I laughed to myself when I thought of the gag gift I had already bought for the gift exchange—a Marie Antoinette doll with an ejector head.