I am having a difficult time writing this because of the stigma that is attached to it. I was separated from my employer as a Senior Manager in consulting during a time when the firm reduced about 10% of its workforce. The decision was based on year end performance which wouldn’t have been a problem except I had taken six months maternity leave and upon my return it took me two months to find project work. There was a time when I learned I had been overlooked because “I was a new mom and likely didn’t want to travel.” But I’d have a hard time proving that besides a text where the partner replied via phone call. I faced similar discrimination upon return from my first pregnancy a few years back. And I have faced other questionable situations where I believe I was rated unfairly throughout my time there. But again it is so difficult to prove when the system is so subjective and built to enable it and it’s been over six months since any of these events have taken place.
Here is my question - they offered me what translates to two weeks per year of service and are offering two more weeks, increasing my severance to 18 weeks pay. I am a senior manager and in a niche field within consulting. Does this sound like a fair offer given the circumstances above? What constitutes a strong discrimination story without hard evidence? I have been told it could easily take me a year to find work at my level. It’s been five months and I haven’t been successful finding work just yet.
FYI I have consulted with attorneys and the way they set up their fees I could invest heavily and not have anything to show for it. So I would appreciate your perspective before taking that approach.