Many supervisors at Garyville and Texas City told severed employees that their selection was made by Findlay. This is false. Your supervisor made the selection to cut you. He / she may have been given a number of people to cut, but your supervisor should have the integrity to take responsibility for having made the decision to put you on the list.
There are a couple of exceptions, as follows:
1) Diversity being king in today’s world, certain employees were deemed sacrosanct, for obvious reasons.
2) Age discrimination in these circumstances is rampant so HR was pushing hard to get rid of ‘highly tenured’ employees, gambling that they will take the severance and move on, rather than to pursue what could be a lucrative law suit.