Hi, I am a software engineer and I have been working with a company for almost 17 years and they decided to lay me off all of sudden. I haven't been given any clear reason why I am getting laid off. So here are my questions...
1. Can I go back and ask HR to provide me the reason why I was selected? I was a major player in the project, but some people didn't like me. I strongly believe that they played politics to kick me out. So can I ask HR to review all the selection criteria once again?
2. Before the layoff was announced, the management made me and a few others work for 100 hours a week (which is 250% more than usual 40 hours) for about 5 months in order to complete a project with a very aggressive timeline. What can I do to get compensated for those extra hours? Should I reach out to HR or work with an attorney to pursue my case with my employer?