Fascinating article! The same thing happened to me a year ago, though in slightly complex circumstances. I was a remote worker, around retirement age and suffering from oncoming hearing loss that made it difficult to keep up with the daily standups where several people often talked at once. The company was a similar size and engaged in a major technology change without much help being given for retraining.
Maybe they were right to lay me off with no warning; maybe not. But it was done with no attempt to look into my personal situation.
A year later I have few regrets; I've escaped from a rigid factory environment and can be myself again.
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