In my previous employment, the department began outsourcing. My team consisted of two teams of 10 people, and all the female employees began receiving PIP, and transferred departments, resigned or were let go within 2 weeks. The pattern was clear, and I began searching for other employment.
The other sub-team lead picked up a request that was poorly defined with an untenable deadline. After discussing it with me, I thought I remembered a similar request from about half a year before, and I found and forwarded the information. I then left it in his hands. The request took a long time to complete, as key personnel had left without clear knowledge transfer, and the internal client was unhappy.
I was called into my boss's office, and fired. I was explicitly told it was because this request had not been fulfilled to the internal client's satisfaction. The other sub-team lead retained his position.
I was well into multiple interview processes at this point - I was only surprised not to get the two week warning PIP plan before being fired - so this was not an issue, and I took a good position with a great company. But looking to the future, how do I handle this if I seek a new position?
I have never been fired before, and while I don't consider the firing "for cause" - I consider it more of a way to handle a layoff while trying to deny paying out unemployment (the company tried to deny it in my case, but I fought with the state of Texas and received it anyway for the 3 weeks until my new position started) - it is a firing, and I don't want to just sound bitter or negative when discussing it. I'm also unhappy with the idea of taking on undeserved fault in order to say something like "I learned from my mistake".