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Post by bpaquet on Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:18 am

Oh no! That's awful. This sounds like the most horrible thing, but consult with a lawyer. It is not uncommon for companies to downsize people who are close to retirement age. It is completely illegal to do that based on age, health, orientation, etc. A man at my office talked to a lawyer when that happened to him and got some great advice. Also, if you have a 401k or other investment plan, talk to a financial advisor. They can often help you through the rough patch.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:49 am

That's horrible news! After 30 years it does sound like they're downsizing you out of a job before you hit retirement age. That way they can hire someone younger (and cheaper) to take your place. If you can consult with a lawyer I would (most do an initial consult for free)and see if there are any grounds for wrongful dismissal due to age, health, etc. Becky gave great advice about the 401K too.
What's the job market like in your area?
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:09 pm


Becky, gave some sage advice.
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Post by lovekitties on Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:07 am

Thanks for the advise. , all. I only started paying into 401K about a year ago. My old company didn't offer it and when we were bought out 6 years ago, I couldn't afford to take anything out of my pay to put in (I was paying off some massive debts at the time). I only got out from under a little over a year ago.
I do have some money in an IRA, but not enough to tide me over. I have a lot of thinking to do.
Unfortunately the kind of work I do (export forwarding) is not the easiest to find work in right now. Most of the companies have moved out of the city, as have the carriers. I don't have a car to take me to Jersey or out to the airport so it's limited. I'll know more when the crunch comes
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:07 am

No matter what, we're all her to help in any way we can. Let us know even if it's just that you need a shoulder or to vent.

You've probably already gone here, but just in case... http://www.export.gov/opportunities/index.asp

What sort of crazy person would have a care in NYC? Smile I can't imagine how anyone pays to park the things. And besides... Doesn't the NJ governor make it exceedingly difficult to commute to his state even if you DO have a car? (evil laugh... That wasn't nice, but I couldn't resist.)
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Post by fiffur on Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:00 pm

I'm hoping and praying you get a better job with little trouble. Is your company providing any sort of reemployment/relocation assistance? If this is a mass layoff I'd think the state would mandate that sort of help.

My mom's fridge is dying....and I can't take her to shop for a new fridge since we're having yet another HUD inspection (3rd one in 6 months--sheesh when does the revolving door on my place get installed?)....I expect to get a 'move in 30 days or less' note after every single one of these since the managers/owner does NOT do anything to fix what we get wrote up for.
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Post by lovekitties on Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:03 am

it's not a mass lay off, only me. no special recompense or anything either.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:55 am


That's even worse.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:10 pm

And VERY suspicious. Talk to that lawyer. Sad
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:29 pm


I would. That is suuspicious.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:39 pm

Only you huh? Sounds VERY suspicious to me too. I'd talk to a lawyer about possible age discrimination being behind your being 'downsized'. Downsizing a company usually means at least several people being let go, not just one.
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:19 pm


I agree, doesn't hurt to ask.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:45 am


My furnace died and it's been chilly here in the flat. I've been sleeping on the couch since it's warmer in the living room than in the bedroom. Antonio snugs in with me. Francis sleeps in a pile of dirty clothes in the bathroom. Hopefully it will be fixed tomorrow, Tuesday at the latest.
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Post by lovekitties on Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:39 pm

It's a small company, so they wouldn't be laying off masses of people. My department is only 3 people and they say there is not enough revenue to keep all of us, so they've got the manager, who also does the same stuff as me and the woman who does the documentation

Sue I hope your furnace gets fixed soon/. It is getting cold not, was in the 30s overnight. 40 when I left the housre this morning
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:34 pm


The repair man is supposed to come tomorrow.
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Re: Crisis...anyone?

Post by bpaquet on Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:09 pm

Ugh! Broken heater is so not fun. My last experience with that led to a new heater. I hope your heater decides to cooperate with the repair guy.

LK, I think you're right. If it's a small company, they probably are not "picking" on you. I do hope that they are going to offer some kind of assistance like maybe some help with the unemployment filing and letters of recommendation.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:11 pm

I hope your heater is fixed quick too Sue.  No fun doing without heat on a cold night (I've had LOTS of practice with that).
LK, if your department is that small why didn't the manager just give up a few of his hours and give those to you?  PT is better than no time...until you find another job.  The least they can do is give you help: filing with the UE people, connect you with folks who teach you how to conduct a job search in this economy (I know it's been 30 years since you last had to look and things have changed a LOT), letters of recommendation, possible leads for a comparable job.  Do they happen to have other branches that might have an opening?
Oh, and try AARPs' website.  They have a section on jobs for folks over 50....with companies that appreciate the work ethic and experience we bring. (none near enough to me at the moment unfortunately).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-06-2009/job_search_resources.html

http://jobs.aarp.org/jobs?q=Export+Forwarding&l=Brooklyn%2C+NY&radius=10 listed jobs within however many miles from home you want to go
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:35 pm


Well I know have a small electric raditor. It will keep the living room warm until the furnace guy gets here.
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Post by lovekitties on Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:30 pm

thanks for the tips all.
In a perfect world, Fif, the company would move me, the manager would give up hours, etc. Unfortunately it doesn't work like that in real life.
I've filed for unemployment insurtance. there are websites I can go to fo look for jobs, etc and i can get help from the unemplyment office. this will kick in after my severence pay. I got paid for 1 month. severence. they a;lso paid for Nov and dec insurance which is a big help
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Post by Sue Short on Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:16 pm


I'm glad they paid for two months insurance, you're right it is a big help. The crisis here is that a breaker keeps tripping in the Lair. Not good.
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Post by ARNIgal on Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:07 am

How old is the electrical system at The Lair?
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:37 am


Has got to be at least thirty years.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:00 pm

Sounds like the Lair is overdue for an electrical overhaul.

Lovekitties, I wish they'd given you more than one month of severance, considering the 30 years of loyalty working there.  Even when the trains were on strike and you walked all the way there, that should be worth something. Any luck on the job hunting front?
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Post by Sue Short on Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:26 pm


That is pretty poor.

An electrician is coming tomorrow.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:32 pm

I hope he can fix the problem!
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