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Just got told I’m being let go. I have had long Covid but have been finishing all my assignments and meeting all deadlines. My work hasn’t suffered as result, although they are are insisting this is why are asking me to leave at the beginning of the holidays. What are my options? Advice, suggestions, comforting words welcome. Feeling a bit lost.

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Layoffs hurt, but know it happens often. And to almost everyone at some point. It’s not a huge negative mark on your career. It’s just a layoff. Don’t dwell on it or beat yourself up. Agencies are hiring like crazy and you don’t have to disclose you were laid off either. I was laid off after my agency lost work earlier in the year due to the pandemic. It turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve rebounded and have made more money this year than I ever have and the work is more enjoyable too! Take the rest of the year off. Enjoy the holidays and hit the ground running (and fresh) in the new year.

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Thank you for the generous advice! I do think there is work out there and I might find something too. Hopefully I can reframe this as the positive push I need.

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That just only shows that the management doesn't care about people, that they don't have compassion and doesn't observe labor laws, here in my country, Philippines, unjust labor practices by companies like these are submitted for review to our Goverment's Labor Agency. Not familiar what country you're from, but I think the best person/professions to ask are labor lawyers regarding your company's questionable proceedings.

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The job market is 🔥. Rest up over the holidays and grab yourself a new, better job in January.

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Second this! It’s HOT *and* everyone will have fresh 2022 hiring budgets. You 100% will have a new gig in January. The only other thing I might have suggested, being they hindsight is 20/20, would have been to go on disability while you’re recovering from Covid. Check the legalities around termination while on disability. Not sure about that part.

I was let go last year by an incompetent boss... I am in a much healthier, more appreciative and less stressful environment now. It still stings a little and probably always will. But try to see this as an opportunity to find the next step that is right for you. Hopefully in the long run you'll see it as a fortunate turn of events.

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Thank you. I have worked with some healthcare brands but no pharma experience so far. Would love to know about leads if you have any. But your encouragement is comforting too.

Surely there's something that stops them from letting someone go who's dealing with a medical issue?

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I’m no lawyer, but this sounds pretty sketchy and probably illegal, which is why they’re going to say it’s performance related to cover their ass. It depends how hard you want to fight this, but you definitely would need a lawyer. They would have to prove that your performance was lagging and if they can’t prove that, they probably won’t have a leg to stand on and they know it, so they would probably settle out of court. If you don’t want to go through the trouble, then just get another job. We’re hiring like crazy. Everyone is.

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Update: I just learned today that I have been terminated as of yesterday. Although that was never communicated to me, in writing or verbally. I was only told I’m being let go. No notice. No severance. Only a payout for vacation days. And a possible extension on benefits, although unclear. Just cherry on top of this breathtakingly abusive cake. Thank you for all the incredible and positive messages. You all have truly kept me afloat. And given me a lot of hope and direction. So grateful for this community. 🙏🏽

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Thank you. It has been beyond shady. Especially the way they went about the termination. I have been hearing about the great market for creatives right now and as it turns out I do have healthcare experience even if not directly pharma related. Thank you for the encouragement and kind words!

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My father-in-law is an employment attorney and I can tell you from his stories and advice he has told me that this is 100% illegal. Lawyer up man and get some money out of you being wrongfully terminated.

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Thank you for this. I’ve spent the morning calling employment attorneys in NY area (where I’m based) but haven’t got very far in terms of understanding what my options are at this point. If you have any leads in that regard would love to chat in the DMs. Thanks again.

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Hang in there OP. When one chapter closes, another opens. It may be your best yet. 🙏

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Sorry, OP 🥺❤️

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You hang in there OP. Next year is gonna be a better year!

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Thank you! Fingers crossed 🙏🏽

I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I hate to say this as it’s out of my HR wheelhouse, but this sounds… illegal. Especially if your medical condition is legit , the reason they’re using as justification for termination. Can’t offer much else, but would be open to help if you need some recruiting contacts for freelance or full time.

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Thank you! Just sent you a DM.

Hey ACD, keep kicking ass and knocking all those spikey COVID bastards out of your system. Rest up, relax, and recharge. Talk to a friend, read a good book, snooze on the couch at 3pm just because you can. I know it’s hard and you’re upset now but keep kicking ass and know that this too shall pass. It’s cliche as hell but time heals all wounds and this is just a tiny little bump in the long winding road of life. I know this is all supposed to be anonymous but we’re here for you and care. Sending you all the good vibes right now, be well.

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Thank you! Truly grateful to know how much support is our here. Could really use some good vibes

I got laid off from what I thought was my dream job. A year later I’m making 75% more, and now understand what it’s like to work with people who actually respect and care about me. Good luck out there! You’ll be finding your next job with more information (and experience) than you had when you found this one, and I bet dollars-to-donuts that’ll lead to a better outcome for you, too.

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Wow! Glad to hear positive stories like this

So grateful for this amazingly supportive community. All your advice and words of encouragement have really turned my day around helped me see some hope on the horizon. Any freelance leads would be deeply appreciated!

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Honestly. Just say you are leaving tomorrow. Why wait, take a week and apply to jobs during it. Everyone’s hiring you will have a less toxic job to start in the new year ans you will have a huge mental health break

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I already feel a huge sense of relief. Thank you for this!

Freelance market is on fire right now. I even used this platform to pick up work back in April and I’m still going through next year. Update your website and start connecting here and on Linked In. You’ll be fine.

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I’m super curious about freelancing. I’m trying to get into it. Do you have any tips?

Freelance baby! Double dip even.

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Any tips on getting started with freelancing?

Take care of yourself first. There’s plenty of other opportunities out there. And freelance is probably the best job these days.

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Not OP, but do you have any advice for freelancing? Where to start?

I am working with so many people who are leaving for better offers elsewhere. This may be a blessing in disguise. Take the severance (which I hope you’re getting) and find something even better. You’re going to be just fine.

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A few years back I got laid off on Jan 2nd, my first day back at work after 3 weeks of pneumonia. That felt like end of the world, but I quickly found a much better job where I didn’t have to drink every day to deal with frustration. The job market is red hot right now. Everything will be ok, people that did this to you were not worth working for.

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I felt such a sense of relief when I first read this. Thank you for affirming what I was feeling all along, they are definitely not worthy of working there, sacrificing mental and emotional well being for a salary.

Go freelance and never look back! ACDs should get around $1200/day 🤘🏻

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