UPDATE: Seems Microsoft has had a change of heart after all the press attention on the net. I guess it was only 25 employees that were overpaid a few grand, they now get to keep their “extra” money without any threats. Those (sort of) lucky few have whoever originally posted that letter on the net to thank.
Just when you thought you couldn’t hate M$ any more:
Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with what will likely add up to a public relations blunder.
The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees, sent letters this week to some of those former workers letting them know that their severance payouts were a bit too “generous” and respectfully requested that the former employees pay back that money, according to a report Saturday on TechCrunch.
“An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft,” the letter states. “We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you.”
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the authenticity of a letter posted on TechCrunch, but declined further comment, saying it was “a private matter between the company and the affected people.”
The company declined to specify how many of these letters were sent out, and it’s unknown how much the overpayments total, but it did indicate that some laid off employees were also undercompensated.
The letter failed to provide an explanation for the accounting error but did manage to add–with underlined emphasis–a veiled threat of monetary punishment if the money wasn’t repaid, at least in the form of a tax impact.
If it was me, I’d tell them to go fuck themselves and lawyer up. Even if it only was a couple grand or even less, they could go eat a dick. What do you think?