You are facing a difficult time, believe me, WE KNOW. Luckily for you all, Pechanga is preparing a severance package. Those of us who were terminated from the tribe in the two Pechanga Massacres did not have the same courtesy. We had our heritage ripped from us with no ceremony. At least, you have the management of Pechanga portraying their sadness for you.
Here are some tips culled from various websites, we hope they are helpful:
The very first thing you should do is file for un-employment. Do not let your pride get in the way of doing this. You have paid your taxes and deserve a little help from the government when you need it most.
Look for alternative ways to make money until you find a job and cut back on luxury expenses if needed. It may take you many months to find another job and nobody can tell you how quickly you will find another one. EBAY, YARD SALES, Handyman Work.....
ALL employees over 40 who are being forced out of the company to file an age discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Prepare for Layoff by Having Your Resume Ready: Add new skills as you master them; include career related milestones and completed projects as they occur; you can always remove irrelevant information from your final version.
If your health benefits are paid by your employer, find out how to maintain those benefits. Most likely, you will be able to purchase benefits through COBRA
Request a reference letter for your files. Don't be proud - you're entitled to the benefits you'll receive
Lastly, if you witnessed illegal activity by your management, or tribal member customers, make sure that you report it before you leave, or you may be minimized as a disgruntled employee.
We, the terminated Pechanga People, DO feel the pain of what you are going through.