Recession Reporter Laid Off... Denied Chance To Publish Final Piece About Getting Laid Off | Techdirt. Now is the winter of our discontent, the poet said. Of course, the irony of being "laid off" for writing a final story about being "laid off" is not lost on me. I prefer to focus on the rise of euphemisms in our culture; stemming from a desire not to "offend" or speak words that will cause pain. When did we decide that calling a job termination something else would ease the blow? Of course, firing a reporter for doing a series about firings raises more questions about the employer than it does about the employee. When you are deciding what kind of law you practice, consider one of the advantages of going solo. If a client fires you, you aren't out of a job. You just need to find another client. Let's go down the yellow brick road, and see what we can find.