Fired after two months for “fit”

GE / Product d011arb111
Jan 18, 2019 9 Comments

This is post-GE, but I had joined a California-based startup and after only 2 months, fired for “fit” issues. There was no prior cause, other teams worked well with me, but my boss said it was my communication style to him. He didn’t voice this until now. I was fired without HR present or without HR giving me notice regarding this “fit” issue in the last 2 months.

Now California is an “at-will” state, meaning no cause is needed to let anyone go. But given this situation, what options, if any, do I have to negotiate benefits (not COBRA) as part of severance? I have an infant and am worried about not having health insurance while I look for another job. They use TriNet for benefits management and are a reasonably sized company (100+ people).


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TOP 9 Comments
  • ToKL28
    Startup is obviously running out of 💰and the manager was told to cut. He fired the least experienced guy - 2 months.
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Google woore
    Try posting on Reddit /r/legaladvice. Blind isn't great for serious discussions.
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • RingCentral


    Yahoo, Oath
    One life to live!
    Lawyer Up!
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng GtSk70
    You might be eligible for unemployment benefits from the state.
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng deadpan
    Which company? That's a shitty thing to do. They deserve a recruitment problem.
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • FWIW, HR does not need to be present at a firing.

    They don’t have to document a “fit” issue.

    Feel free to confirm all this with an employment attorney
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng (Ω,A,μ)
    Shit that's frightening, good luck and fuck those other cats
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Sorry to hear that. Dm me for referrals in the Bay Area. Also, do us all a favor by naming the company so that we don’t apply there ever!
    Jan 18, 2019 0
  • Northrop Grumman fliptables
    What a shitty manager
    Jan 18, 2019 0


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