My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Virginia
I am being terminated due to economic conditions (not performance) and am in good standing with the company. I have been offered a severence package. There were approximately 50 pages of paperwork to review when i was informed and spoke with them for a short time (only about 10 minutes), and did not have time to perform a full review of the material. As the HR rep was reviewing the material, I was told I would receive an additional bonus that was substantial (a little over double the severence pay I was told I would receive) due to my status and last performance evaluation. We quickly moved from one page to the next and I did not have time to review the material at that time.
After the session, I returned to my office and reviewed the material more carefully and realized that my last performance evaluation was not high enough to warrant the additional bonus. I returned to ask the HR rep and she reviewed the material and agreed that it was a mistake and that another HR rep sent her the incorrect material. She acknowledged the both she and the other HR rep made a mistake, but both should have caught it.
Is there any legal claim to all or part of the additional bonus based on what was verbally committed to during the termination discussion?