Members of a popular internet forum were outraged after one former employee revealed how they lost their job just six weeks after starting it.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/jesusthisisapain (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said they were enjoying every aspect of their work before a blindsiding round of layoffs left them unemployed and concerned for the future .
Titled, “I just got laid off. This is why [I] will never give 2 weeks notice,” the post has received nearly 27,000 votes and 1,200 comments in the last ten hours.
“I loved it,” the OP began. “The work was great, the people were great, I was finally making enough money to comfortably survive.”
“Today I went to work and they laid off four of us,” OP continued.
Writing that they were happy with their current former position, the original poster said they weren’t considering leaving until their hand was forced, and their services were no longer needed.
“Everyone they hired/laid off were all working on the same client, who had a significantly larger order than usual,” OP wrote. “Once that order was completed there was no need to keep it [four] of us.”
“This job knew I left another job for this,” OP continued. “I had steady work, and was getting by financially.”
“Now I don’t even think I qualify for unemployment since I was only working there for [six] weeks,” OP added. “This s**t should be illegal. I was just completely screwed over.”
For the better part of two years, the conversation surrounding the American workforce has centered around the Great Resignation and the millions of employees who have quit their jobs every month.
But quitting employees only tell a part of the separation story.
Throughout separation data collected and published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), quits are accompanied by firings and layoffs.
Like BLS data showing that more than 4 million employees have quit their jobs every month since October 2021, both firings and layoffs have remained consistent over the same period of time.
Last November, when a record 4.5 million US employees quit, layoffs and discharges hovered around 1.4 million. This May, when 4.3 million employees quit, layoffs and discharges remained at 1.4 million.
Despite their consistency and sometimes impermanent nature, layoffs can cause even more financial damage than termination and come with far less warning than a premeditated resignation.
Due to varying state laws and backups caused by two years of pandemic-related chaos, laid off employees seeking unemployment benefits can be turned down or, even worse, put on hold until all financial resources are exhausted waiting for those benefits to come.
In their viral Reddit post, the original poster expressed their concerns about unemployment, fearing that their six weeks of employment were not enough to qualify for certain benefits.
In numerous responses to the viral post, however, Redditors encouraged the original poster to still apply for unemployment and called out their former employer for hanging them out to dry without notice.
“File for unemployment as laid off,” Redditor u/JennyAnyDot wrote in the post’s top comment, which has received more than 12,000 votes. “Your prior job wages should also be in the calculations.”
“You are not penalized for [the] new company being a**holes,” they added.
Redditor u/graymuse, whose comment has received nearly 4,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.
“Definitely file for unemployment,” they wrote. “They might fight but keep appealing it.”
In a separate comment, which has received nearly 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Own_Singer_5201 offered their opinion of what should happen when employees are laid off.
“A**holes,” they wrote. “They should have to pay a large severance when s**t like that happens.”
Newsweek reached out to u/jesusthisisapain for comment.