Hyundai botches severance letters to SoCal workers

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IRVINE, CA (AP) -- Fifty Hyundai workers who lost their jobs in Irvine have learned they would only receive half of the severance pay they were told they'd get in letters sent out last week.

The Orange County Register reports Friday the finance workers received a follow-up notice on Monday correcting the error.

Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford said the letters correctly stated the amount of pay but mistakenly doubled the number of weeks that workers would receive it. A call to Hosford to find out how many weeks of severance pay were originally promised was not immediately returned.

Hosford said everyone in the human resource department feels badly about what happened.

Hyundai laid off the workers because it is transferring jobs to Dallas and Austell, Ga., to focus on the South and Southwest.

The Associated Press

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