After initially asking for repayment of overpaid severance, Microsoft tells former employees who were laid off that they do not have to pony up individual amounts ranging from hundreds to $5,000 each.
has taken a page out of the Spike Lee playbook and done the right
The software giant has done an about-face on asking
laid-off employees to pay back overpayments in severance
made due to a
clerical error on the company's part.
to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
Microsoft's senior vice president of
human resources, Lisa Brummel, said she "personally called 22 of the 25"
people who had received notices that they would have to pay back the
The former Microsoft employees affected were part of the group of 1,400
workers the company laid off in January.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Joseph Tartakoff interviewed Brummel,
who said the overpayments "ranged from hundreds of dollars to $5,000 per
According to the Post-Intelligencer, "I don't think it's worthy of us
asking them to make that payment back to us," Brummel said.
In addition, the article said, "20 employees were
underpaid severance, and Microsoft has now paid them what they were owed."