Recently eliminated my position at work. Which is strange in the first place, as I had been working there 12 years and had plenty of work. They gave my job to another person and now he is overburdened. Then they gave me a job at minimum wage , more or less. But now I think they are just going to let me go. What should I do to make this transition when they do let me go ? Any helpful hints? I was making about $40k a year. I believe, they are waiting till after holidays. Lastly, I think they think I might quit. But, that will not happen, they will have to fire me. Business has gotten slow, the economy is struggling still . I get it. But I want to make sure I do whatever I can to lessen the blow of losing my job at age 59. At age 47, I was looking for a job and it was very tough. Thanks!
The only real legal advice you can get is to not quit, and don't break the rules or be insubordinate to get yourself fired, so that when you are terminated you can qualify for unemployment insurance benefits while looking for your next job. If your wages fall too low, you might still qualify for unemployment insurance even though still employed. Remember that a good references from a 12 year employer is important so do nothing to mess that up.
Good luck to you.
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California is an "at will" employment state so if you have no contract and don't belong to a union, you can be fired for no reason or a reason so long as the reason is not discriminatory against you as a protected class. Advise about transition is an important issue, but not one suited to this site. There are business specializing in helping older workers transition to new employment.
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Unfortunately, lengthy tenure at a company is not akin to job security. When a company needs to downsize due to the economy or other similar situations, they can terminate you because you are an at-will employee. The best thing you can do is keep you chin up, continue doing good work for the employer, and ensure that you remain eligible for unemployment and also don't burn any bridges with the employer when you are looking for new employment. Most new employers will contact your former employers for verification/reference, and you want to make sure they sell your services to your new prospective employer.
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