Members of a popular internet forum have been outraged after a former employee revealed he lost his job just six weeks after starting it.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/jesusthisisapain (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said he enjoyed every aspect of his job before a series of indiscriminate layoffs left them in the lurch. unemployment and worried about the future. .
Titled “I just got laid off. That’s why [I] will never give 2 weeks notice,” the post received nearly 27,000 votes and 1,200 comments in the last ten hours.
“Loved it,” OP began. “The work was great, the people were great, I was finally making enough money to survive comfortably.”
“Today I went to work and they fired four of us,” OP continued.
Writing that they were content with their now old position, the original poster stated that they were not considering leaving until their hand was forced and their services were no longer needed.
“Everyone they hired/fired was all working on the same client, who had a much larger order than usual,” OP wrote. “Once this order was completed, it was no longer necessary to keep the [four] from U.S.”
“This job knew I left another job for it,” OP continued. “I had a stable job and was doing well financially.”
“Now I don’t even think I qualify for unemployment since I only worked there for [six] weeks,” OP added. “This shit should be illegal. I was just completely screwed.”
For the better part of two years, the conversation surrounding the American workforce has centered on the great resignation and the millions of employees who quit their jobs every month.
But employees who leave tell only part of the story of separation.
Throughout separation data collected and published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), resignations are accompanied by firings and layoffs.
Like data from the BLS showing that more than 4 million employees have quit their jobs each month since October 2021, layoffs and layoffs have remained constant over the same period.
Last November, when a record 4.5 million U.S. employees resigned, layoffs and layoffs hovered around 1.4 million. Last May, when 4.3 million employees resigned, layoffs and layoffs remained at 1.4 million.
Despite their consistency and sometimes impermanent nature, layoffs can cause even more financial damage than firing and come with far less warning than a willful resignation.
Due to differing state laws and safeguards caused by two years of pandemic-related chaos, laid-off employees applying for unemployment benefits may be denied or, even worse, suspended until all financial resources are exhausted. while waiting for these allowances to arrive.
In their viral Reddit post, the original poster expressed concerns about unemployment, fearing that their six weeks of employment would not be enough to qualify for certain benefits.
In numerous responses to the viral post, however, Redditors encouraged the original poster to still file for unemployment and called out their former employer for suspending them without notice.
“File for unemployment as laid off,” Redditor u/JennyAnyDot wrote in the lead comment to the post, which received over 12,000 votes. “Your previous employment wages should also be included in the calculations.”
“You are not penalized for [the] new business being a**holes,” they added.
Redditor u/graymuse, whose comment received nearly 4,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.
“Definitely file for unemployment,” they wrote. “They might fight but keep appealing.”
In a separate comment, which received nearly 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Own_Singer_5201 offered his thoughts on what should happen when employees are laid off.
“A**holes,” they wrote. “They should have to pay a big indemnity when that happens.”
Newsweek contacted u/jesusthisisapain for comment.