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Name: BZX v2477
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Member since: Fri May 17, 2019, 11:40 AM
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I was laid off after 15 years at my job.

I do tech support in Silicon Valley. I worked in the office for 8 years until my disability became so bad I could no longer drive. My company let me work from home, and 6 hours a day of that is from bed. Until last week, I felt awesome. My employer paid me well, and I got regular stock grants which vested piecemeal, usually 1/4 a year, starting a year after the grant. And I thought I was making everything work, despite being barely able to walk.

Then I got the news - laid off, effective March 15, on the same day that 3 VPs were hired or promoted. Not just me, either, but over 100 of my friends and colleagues, most in customer service. I'm 56 years old. I have no ability to do an interview for a new position in person, as I can't leave my house except by ambulance. And any other phone support job is unlikely to pay me even half what I was making.

Now, the medical insurance that I took for granted since 2004 will be gone. My unvested stock grants are gone. They tell you when you get them, "keep up the hard work. These grants are to incentivize you to work hard so our stock price goes up." Then you work hard and earn more grants, only to see them go up in smoke. My most recent grant came in October. Now I wonder if they knew all along I wouldn't be able to use any of them.

I have to go on permanent disability now, and I hope that will qualify me for Medi-Cal. And I know this post sounds like a bunch of whining from a guy who had a pretty good job for a decade and a half, and I'm sorry. But I'm scared. I'm looking at 20+ years of living on disability and I hope not to just lie in bed and disintegrate. And it's my disability and the fact that we don't have universal health care in this country that causes me the most worry. We have to change this. I thought this long before it affected me personally. Medical care cannot be just for the well-heeled, the employed or the people who are willing to sacrifice meals to get care. And we all know which party has the interest of "we the people" at heart. It's the same ones that are, right now, fighting on our behalf to ensure that those hallowed words that open our Constitution are not dragged through the muck and mire by a shameless, lying, contemptible, misogynist president.

But I'm not looking at this as being laid-off, I'm looking at it as early retirement. I'm trying to be as optimistic as I can. Hopefully I'll be able to make it. But with things the way they are, that's not a sure thing at all.

Thus endeth my rant. Thank you for indulging me.
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