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    Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severance?

    Microsoft claims that an inadvertent administrative error caused it to overpay severance for laid-off workers. Now its sending out 1,400 collection letters to the laid-off workers.

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    Microsoft Former Employees Refuse To Return Overpayments


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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    ummm....I don't know. If I was "laid-off", and if it ruined me finanically to the point I had to file BR or lose my home.....I'd make 'em come after me.


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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    How about AT&T in the last paragraph actually doing the right thing?

    "While many technology jobs are being cut, AT&T did something amazing last month. They brought back 5,000 jobs to the United States by canceling some of their contracts for customer service that was handled overseas. The company will employ new customer service representatives in three states."


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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    Nope thats their mistake, they would have to take me to court before I would give it up. I am also tight as hell so it would be a struggle for em



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    So can we send microsoft a collection notice for Vista since that has quite a few "inadvertent errors" that we have to deal with everyday.

    Oh yeah, I would fight this all the way. If they gave you the severance check how can they ask for it back?



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    The article doesn't say how much overpaid these people were. If it was something like one paycheck, it is pretty awful for them to ask for it back.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    doesnt matter how much it was for. The company made a mistake and paid you that money. they just cant say whoops we fired you paid this money and now want some of it back! I am not a lawyer but I dont see how they would win this one when it is there F'Up



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    If the employees were inadvertantly shorted, would/should they ask for the employer to pay the amount owed?
    It is all about what is right.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    As someone who recently signed a severance agreement, it says the amount in the contract. If that's the case here I assume it'd be pretty easy, legally, for Microsoft to get that money back.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone08 View Post
    As someone who recently signed a severance agreement, it says the amount in the contract. If that's the case here I assume it'd be pretty easy, legally, for Microsoft to get that money back.
    Well yes if there is a signed contract you would not have a leg to stand on. If no contract existed you would



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    If I had a contracted amount and it was more, then yes, I give it back. Otherwise I think I would be very tempted to keep it. I can't imagine microsoft is hurting for the money though so in this case I would really want to keep it.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone08 View Post
    As someone who recently signed a severance agreement, it says the amount in the contract. If that's the case here I assume it'd be pretty easy, legally, for Microsoft to get that money back.
    This. BUT....Microsoft would have to weigh the cost of trying to get those funds back against the amount that they are trying to recover. If they are spending more to recover the funds than they are likely to get back, then it is pretty ****** of them.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    Its just like if you deposit a check, and the check bounces... YOU have to pay the bank back if you spent it.

    Its crappy, but you have to do it.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    They will get it back. There's a lot of precedent here, like bank errors.



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    Re: Would you payback your employer if they terminated you and overpaid your severanc

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    They will get it back. There's a lot of precedent here, like bank errors.
    Agreed, I don't see any way they don't get their money back, the employees really have no right to the extra money.


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