Questions tagged [termination]

For questions about termination of employment, typicall for cause (firing). See tag info for details. Contrast with layoff and quitting.

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Fired by an Intoxicated Boss

Last week, my boss was visibly intoxicated and told me I was fired. I asked if he was serious, and he said yes. He gave some nonsensical reason about me eating too much KFC. He then rambled about ...
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How can I respond to a CEO asking me to terminate an employee for reasons I disagree with?

I am managing a technical team and a woman in QA has gotten engaged to one of my male developers. The CEO phoned to ask me to terminate the woman working in QA (providing two months of salary ...
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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Today I was fired from a software company.. for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Needless to say I feel like I reached bottom and it's impossible to get out without changing career. Should I change a career?...
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My boss gave me an end date for my job- but he wants a very complex project done before then

I've been working as a software engineer contractor for the last year and a half, at a company that has been promising to onboard me as a full employee for over seven months. However, I was recently ...
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Called into a meeting and told we are being made redundant (laid off) and "not to share outside". Can I tell my partner?

As title. Just been told we are being laid off, and asked to keep it confidential from anyone outside this room. They sent us home "to absorb the news". Is it really the case that we cannot tell ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

I was recently told by my manager that one of my coworkers (call him Steve) will be fired in a few weeks, as his last reviews were found unsatisfactory. My manager also told me to "inquire and ...
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...
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Written warning for allegedly "slacking off" (in Germany)

Disclaimer: I am asking this question for a friend, since he does not want to make an account here for one reason or another. My friend works as an IT expert in quite a large company, in Germany. He ...
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How can I safely terminate my contract before its end date?

I've been offered an amazing new job that I'm 100% set on accepting. The only problem is that my current job is a contract that doesn't end until December 2018, and I also have to give 4 weeks notice ...
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Should I explain to other team members why I fired somebody?

When I fire someone because of a behavioral problem he has, it's ethical not to talk about the problem in his behavior with other teammates, so that his reputation isn't corrupted in their eyes. But, ...
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Under performing employee will be fired if I ask for him off my team

I've got a teammate that fails to follow through with his responsibilities on a regular basis. He is extremely knowledgeable from a tech standpoint and understands the code very well. When he is ...
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What's wrong about being honest about your career plans? [duplicate]

Premise Until a few weeks ago, I worked for a software company as a software developer. Honestly, I tried to do my best every day. Not only I did what I was supposed to do, but I always tried to ...
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Went to a big 4 but got fired for underperformance in a year recently - Now every one thinks I'm pro - How to balance expectations?

My problem is basically as above: Went to a big 4 but recently got fired for underperformance within a few months of joining (couldn't handle the over work). However, every one now thinks I'm pro ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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Being asked to sign a "termination certificate" 6 months after resigning

The company is registered in Delaware, US. But I worked for the branch in Europe. I just got an email that I have to sign a "Termination Certificate" 6 months after quitting. It states: I also ...
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What are the ethical concerns of giving a notice period to an incompetent employee when it’s not required by contract? [closed]

I'm a team leader and I have a developer subordinate who is incompetent. They joined the company about six months ago and have failed in every single task given. At first, I thought it was simply an ...
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Coworkers showing up late to start their shift force me to stay longer

My employer cares for 3 slightly disabled ladies 24 hours a day. My job is from 2-6pm, to take these ladies to and from their jobs. My employer is threatening to fire me because other employees ...
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How to force disgruntled worker not to publicly disclose "GPL'ed code"

I'm currently the only HR worker at a medium sized engineering firm in Canada. There should normally be 2 additionally HR workers on-staff more senior than me, but one is on parental leave and the ...
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Interviewing spouse of a fired employee

We are a small organisation (50+ people). Recently an employee was fired. Events leading to her termination escalated quickly and everything happened very fast (within 1-2 days). Obviously, she did ...
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I've been asked to resign and leave, what to do and how do I tell my team?

Due to various minor conflicts my manager has asked me to resign. Its a situation in which I'm really not a great fit for the team rather than any specific cause for termination. Because of that he ...
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Can I use NDA materials to force my employer to pay my salary if I haven't signed NDA agreement? [closed]

I've been working with this company for a quite some time, we don't have any formal agreement, I haven't signed anything. At the same time among our clients were some really big and well known ...
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Employee questioning company policies too much - what should we do?

An incoming employee had signed his offer with my company. However, even before starting work, he has already exhibited a few signs of unhappiness with company policies and had an argument with some ...
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I have a problematic assistant manager, but I can't fire him

I'm the general manager of a restaurant in a franchise and I've held this position for about 6 months. The company hired me from outside the corporation so I'm still learning about the business. As ...
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Fired from job - left my Gmail, Stack Exchange, LinkedIn, and other personally owned accounts logged in. How do I proceed?

I left my company on bad terms yesterday. I was ordered to leave immediately, take my documents, never come back to the company, and even to never meet my boss in life outside work. The problem is ...
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Fired for a policy I didn't know about, as well as another false reason

I worked at a bookstore for several months. Everything was going well and I had no problems or issues. One day I was working the cash register and the manager came in and said he was conducting ...
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How to help a colleague after termination warning

I am a software developer. I have a colleague of mine, who is a tester. The colleague was given a termination warning last week. In the warning, he was given a huge amount of work to finish during ...
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What is the difference between being fired and being laid off?

This may be seemingly obvious question, but I can't quite grasp the difference, and I also haven't found a satisfying answer. Is it something like when you get laid off you still get to work for a ...
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Employee effectively not working during notice period

Location: Germany We have an employee that was laid off because his performance was unsatisfactory. His notice period is 3 months. We were hoping, he would at least do some trivial, but time-consuming ...
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Can my employer legally threaten to fire me unless I cut off in-person contact with the outside world? [closed]

I am currently working at a company in the United States. Out of privacy concerns, I cannot elaborate beyond that. Over the past few weeks, our CEO has become increasingly concerned about COVID-19. ...
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Manager told a colleague of mine I was getting fired soon

My line manager has told one of my colleagues that I am going to be fired soon. This manager has already been verbally warned about undermining me and spreading malicious untrue rumors' about me ...
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I was let go because I internally fought against unlawful overtime, how do I explain that in interviews? [duplicate]

At my company it was common to order overtime on very short notice (hours) and without proper justification. This is illegal in my country, and I have verified this with a lawyer who also checked my ...
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Probably terminated or laid off soon; confront or not?

TL;DR: Saw some stuff that seems to mean I'll be soon laid-off; confront them about the fact I saw it or wait for the other shoe to drop? Put in effort at current place, or on interviewing? To stave ...
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Is it appropriate to ask why a coworker was fired?

So in the last month a few people have been terminated, 2 were old hires, 1 was a new hire. I've not heard any official reason why this is happening, just hearsay from colleagues. I'm relatively new ...
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How to convince potential employers that I was not laid off due to poor performance

I worked in a big company, and was laid off during the company restructure, along with 2000 other employees. This was well covered in the news. It was definitely not because of my poor performance; ...
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Am I being unreasonable with my company which is trying to change my commuting shortly after hiring me?

I was just hired for my first full-time position since graduating from University. The location is 15 minutes away from my parent’s house, and I just moved back in with them from college to accept/...
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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

I work on a team of seven software developers where two of them have basically just given up. They got put on performance improvement plans, but instead of upping their game they are basically waiting ...
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I got fired on my last day; is that possible?

On my last day of work, I didn't feel comfortable going due to men making multiple sexual comments. The day before, I had a lot on my mind, and I was too scared to go. On the morning of my last day, I ...
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Senior wants me gone, one way or another

I've been working my first real tech job (as a fullstack web developer) at a local company for almost a year now. Prior to that, I had 2 summer internships and some personal projects. At the current ...
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How do I overcome an unsatisfactory background check? [closed]

I was terminated from my job back in October 2019 because in August of that same year I did a price match from a paper sign on the sales floor on 2 expensive items that went over the price allowed for ...
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What are the downsides of getting fired with severance instead of quitting?

I've been at my company for several years, and lately I've grown frustrated and increasingly stressed out due to changes at the company. The quality and quantity of my work has plummeted over the last ...
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Why fire an employee who is resigning?

If an employee tells their manager about plans to leave the company at a certain date or even hand in their resignation with a longer notice than required by the contract, there is the possibility ...
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My former employer is still paying me. What do I do?

I recently ended employment as a salaried worker with a large corporation. I have just received one more paycheck as if I was still an employee of that corporation, for the full amount that I would ...
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Dealing with an internal ScriptKiddie

We've been dealing with a credit card number scraping problem on our website for a couple of months. Proper authorities and card processors and card holders have been notified. I have evidence which ...
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Senior engineer requesting promotion without payraise after promotion deferred due to COVID

One of our senior engineers, "Gus", has been working towards the top level of engineer in our company, "Principal Software Engineer". The promotion is a pay increase, more ...
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How can I give a chance to a coworker for a new job interview without getting him fired?

I'm currently the lead of my department. A coworker has never worked before professionally and I've taught him most of the stuff he knows right now. Of course he had some experience in the field, but ...
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Serious misconduct. Probable termination. Should I quit or just wait? [closed]

I'm from New Zealand and I've been a line worker at a food factory for the past 3 months. To me this is not a career job, simply a way to make some money. However, I have been out of my field for 2 ...
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After getting laid off, should I wait for the corona pandemic to pass before applying for a new job? [closed]

Backstory: In my country, as in most countries I presume, there is a big shortage of engineers and software people, and companies are desperately trying to reel in as many as possible. (At least, this ...
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Can you be promoted and then fired for-cause? (Performance) [closed]

Inspired by this answer and a comment ...So he becomes a manager, is really bad at it, gets fired... In the original question, an employee was denied a promotion and turned sour. The company is (...
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Company made me use my own camera for work - can I ask for compensation? [closed]

I was hired as a marketing/social media/digital content manager for a company. They are a relatively new company, and when they hired me, I was the first person to be hired for the position. There was ...
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How do I explain wrongful termination in an interview?

I worked at a retail store (big company, locations in multiple countries) for a couple of years as a low level employee. I was eventually promoted to supervisor. I remained in that position for ...

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