I was perusing your E-dition this morning and came across the" Roses & Thorns". My rose was my job @ Viking for over 10 years. The thorn was my being layed off, even though I had seniority in my department. I was the first to go, with no warning, no explanation. I was devastated, as we were a single income family. I thought my job was secure until retirement. WRONG! I know that I was not the only Viking employee to meet this fate, and I am not searching for sympathy. I have tried to move on, but can't seem to get any sort of closure. I am currently underemployed @ less than half my previous salary. I am truly grateful that I have a job again in my field of expertise. I am certainly aware of the struggles of those still unable to find work. However, my problem is this....I know that Viking advertised for "Positions Available", in an effort to bring in new employees. Those "positions" were in my department. Why not re-hire those who were layed off? I asked and they answered. At the time of my lay off, I was forced to sign a plethera of papers in order to receive my severance pay from Viking. Apparently, there was a clause stating that I could not seek re-employment with Viking. O-o-o-uch!? I will never understand A.) Why I lost my job through no fault of my own? and B.) Why would Viking refuse to hire me back? It makes no sense. I was prompted to write when I saw the expression "something stuck in your craw". I guess that describes, in short order, how I'm feeling. Time has passed and I should just let it go. Are there others who have experienced the same treatment? If so, I'd like to hear from you. Attention Editor: Can you please publish this?
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