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Would you people stop relating everything to "these economic times"? Yes, it has been better but it could also be worse. If someone thinks they deserve a raise, he/she should ask for it. A good company values good work even (or especially) in rough times. That way you keep people motivated to work hard. Firing someone because he asked for a raise is simply stupid. If you want to/have to fire 35 people, you fire those where it is beneficial to let them go. If you don't want to give someone a raise, you just say no. By the way, if a company is letting people go, it's always to have more money (well, duh) - in most cases not necessarily because you can't afford the employees anymore but because you have found a way to make it more cost-efficient. It makes more sense to let the people only work half time than to fire them. This way you don't have to spend money afterwards to train new employees.

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sucks, but you do kinda deserve it for asking for a raise in these economic times. the fact they're letting go of 35 people means things are not going well for your company. How far outta the loop are you that you didn't realize that? Unemployment rates are crazy

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In all fairness I don't think he knew they were firing 35 people before he asked for a raise. They probably started the list that day or the day before. And I guess it's possible that the OP had been working there a while and doing a great job wothout asking for a raise and thought it would be an ok time. Getting turned down for a raise is much better than getting fired for asking for one.

Would you people stop relating everything to "these economic times"? Yes, it has been better but it could also be worse. If someone thinks they deserve a raise, he/she should ask for it. A good company values good work even (or especially) in rough times. That way you keep people motivated to work hard. Firing someone because he asked for a raise is simply stupid. If you want to/have to fire 35 people, you fire those where it is beneficial to let them go. If you don't want to give someone a raise, you just say no. By the way, if a company is letting people go, it's always to have more money (well, duh) - in most cases not necessarily because you can't afford the employees anymore but because you have found a way to make it more cost-efficient. It makes more sense to let the people only work half time than to fire them. This way you don't have to spend money afterwards to train new employees.

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