Laid off Anthem employees say they were asked to pay back severance

Published: May. 17, 2016 at 10:33 PM EDT
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In February, a woman we'll call Abby, says she and others were laid off from Anthem. She's asked we not show her face or use her real name.

Abby says they were handed a form promising a severance package, but was told not not to sign it until their date of employment ended a month later. A day later, they received another form.

"Stating that they made a mistake and to the destroy the first one and that they actually took four weeks pay away from us and actually shortened the severance package," said Abby.

Abby said she signed the revised severance package so she could receive her commission and other pay from the company. Recently, she and others got another letter saying they were paid too much in severance and asking for them to pay part of it back.

"I don't feel like it's my fault they made a mistake," said Abby.

Attorney Thomas Strelka said it mainly comes down to timing.

"If you sign the first one before they revoked, it's valid," said Strelka. "They have to pay you the first one. If they revoked and then you sign the first one, you're out of luck so then you sign the second."

He said that a former employee could still have a claim if they already spent the money.

"If they come through some harm based upon the mistake of the overpayment. They used the money, they thought it was theirs, they had a good faith reason and belief that the money was theirs," said Strelka.

Right now, Abby said she's weighing her options and hopes for the best for her and others during this time.