Got fired. Released, let go, laid off. Being fired, even unfairly has to be one of the most embarrassing things to happen to a person. It's like being publicly dumped.
All your co-workers are still good enough to hang on; but you're obviously broken in some way.
TO go from being part of the in-circle to be told "No, you can't clean your desk out."
Politely, "I'm sorry, but they don't need you anymore."
Unemployment hell. Well, unless you kinda enjoy it. Are productive, get your eyebrows threaded, shop for killer heels.....then proceed to churn out three papers in four days.....
Unceremoniously released. No reason; other than the obvious ones which everyone knows.....
Hired back, in a new position that feels more like a sympathy date than a perfect match.
I was only tryin' to get ahead.