Anyone have advice for someone being unexpectedly fired? I didn’t sign anything yet.

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I'm very sorry for your difficult situation. The thing to bear in mind now, is that the terms of your departure are no less a negotiation than the terms of your hire.

They want you to sign a contract agreeing not to disparage them or contest your firing in court. That is your position of negotiating strength. They are willing to give you a certain amount of severance in order to secure your signature. Your position of negotiating weakness is defined by how much you need that severance - if you cannot afford to run the risk of losing severance, then you cannot negotiate very hard. However, if you have enough saved up that you'll be able to survive without a severance, then that frees you up to try to negotiate as close to their maximum severance as possible, even with the risk that you might ask for too much and get nothing.

In short: You're playing blackjack, and need to choose whether to stay or hit on a 16.

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Are you an at-will employee? If yes, they can do a lot and you not.
Are you a protected class? If not. (e.g white straight young male), sucks but you even have littler chances.
Last hope is a documented complaint that they retaliated for. Preferably for something illegal. That’d be wonderful.

If so, send them the top line of said documentation. Make it clear that you feel you have been retaliated against, despite that you think the situation is broken and you’d like to move on.

For the goddamn triple they offered you.
Also: make the non-disparagement clauses mutual. Check your non-compete and see if that’s important to you (E.g. you could get a job at the client in a heart beat) if so, get it out. They sacked you. Good luck. And don’t ever disparage them, let other people do it for you.

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You should ask about unemployment. They can say they're firing you for poor performance, but usually the state still considers that as being "let go" not "fired" so you can still collect. If it's where you didn't do what you were told, that's different. But if you were just not what they were looking for, that's not considered your fault and you can still collect unemployment. Either way, you should still try to file for benefits. It'll be up to the state to decide if they have solid enough evidence of you being insubordinate or deliberately violating company policy to justify not giving you unemployment.

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Were you fired or laid off? Performance or politics...that is key to some good advice.

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I was fired. I was told I was not meeting expectations. They did not give me any specific instances leading up to today, I was surprised and blindsided by the entire situation. I’m still in shock. I have been going above and beyond to support my team/accounts. I’m not sure how I could have done anything differently as I was not given any information to enlighten me on my “lack” of performance.

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I appreciate all of these notes. I actually did write a documented complaint and thought the meeting was in relation to said document with a positive outcome. Clearly I was blindsided since I ended up being let go instead. Do I need a lawyer to get involved if this is the case?

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How long were you in the role, and how many weeks are they offering you? If there was no prior warning (or timeframe given to improve and address the concerns) you can likely negotiate for more $$. Agree with earlier suggestions to also negotiate on the non compete so you can work at another agency that has the client, or for them directly.

as old doors close...new doors open...
trust the YOU nee verse ;)

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Sorry to hear that!! It’s a horrible experience to go through- what did they say and how long were you at the company for?

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