Negotiating with former employer after being laid off
April 30, 2014 12:31 PM Subscribe
I'm a young software engineer in SF, recently laid off, trying to keep my old company laptop, and unsure if this is reasonable.
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I was laid off about two weeks ago - the company realized that it was spending too much money, given how much money it was likely to raise. Everyone but the founders were laid off. We were previously told that there was going to be a 'keep the lights on' fund that would keep everyone employed until the end of summer. They did not follow through with that.
During the 'you all no longer have jobs' conversation, I asked if I could keep my company laptop. I was given a 'yes'.
Yesterday, my old boss texted me, saying that they actually still needed my laptop, saying that one of the founders was using his personal laptop, and it was really slow. I responded that I was confused, as I thought that they had told me I could keep it. He responded that they said it was a 'possibility', but it looks like it wasn't doable. He and I have different recollections of how that conversation went.
I'm upset, and I want to keep this laptop. But I also don't want to burn any bridges, and I'm not even sure if my claims are reasonable. On a personal level, I still like most of the founders, and don't want to be a jerk here. But if I do have reasonable claims, I'm not sure how to go about this so that I can keep the laptop.
I think more than anything else, this interaction just mirrors the one where I lost my job - where this company told us that we'd be getting something (in that case, a continued place to work, now, a laptop) and they didn't follow through on it. It's frustrating.