Ex-Microsoft workers may not have to return severance pay

Microsoft Corp.'s decision to ask some of the 1,400 people it laid off last month to return part of their severance packages is "bad PR," a Seattle-based employment attorney said today.

And if the error wasn't obvious to employees when they signed their agreements, they might not be required to pay back the money, said D. Jill Pugh, a Seattle attorney in private practice who has reviewed several of the Microsoft severance agreements.

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