Even if you don`t intend to file a complaint against your former employer, an employment lawyer can help you negotiate a better severance contract. In addition, the lawyer can identify the legal options that you (and perhaps even your employer) did not know existed. You`ve just been introduced with a package of severance pay, but you keep the brass ring of all-time job war stories. You intend to expose your employer, and you are very excited. Undoubtedly, you think you have the biggest case in the world. You will then discover that the severance agreement contains an iron confidentiality clause that prohibits you, your wife, your children and your parents from ever telling your big story about colossal corporate misconduct. If you accept the confidentiality clause and later violate the disclosure provision, you risk the company withdrawing all severance pay and being sued by the company. At this point, severance pay must take precedence over the potential monetary value of the public exposure and your credibility as a new whistleblower. But your career can take a dive. It`s the classic catch-22 that I see too often.

You may not accept the compensation agreement if the future monetary reward is significant. I know what it`s like to be fired by an employer. Please understand that a sudden resignation is a traumatic event, often as deviant as a car. Take care of yourself by prowling your friends and loved ones around you and asking for their emotional support. Tell them about the severance agreement and ask for their opinion. Someone you know knows someone who knows a lawyer. Don`t be discouraged by your emotional pain of reminding yourself that you deserve to be treated well, even if your employer, for whatever reason, has decided that your services are no longer needed. Staff should have a reasonable period of time to review a termination agreement before being asked to sign it. This also means allowing the employee to review the proposed agreement with a lawyer.

I know how tempting it is to sign the redundancy agreement. Typically, it comes with a check for a monthly salary. Maybe even three or six months. You didn`t know it was going to happen, or you didn`t think it was going to happen so fast or that way. You`re in shock. Next to himself, really. You can`t pay the living wage check, but the economy hasn`t really rebounded, at least for the vast majority of American workers. You will need a monthly salary and health insurance until the end of the year. They don`t think clearly. A: A lawyer is not required to bring discrimination action with a law enforcement authority (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). However, it may be helpful to talk to one before doing so.

A lawyer can explain if your situation is illegal or unfair, what options you have and what their results are. You can also talk to a lawyer about mutual legal assistance in the workplace (for example. B the negotiation of a recruitment or termination contract) that does not involve any legal action. A: A redundancy agreement sets out the conditions for dismissal, including wages and benefits offered to the employee. It is not mandatory for an employer to offer it. In return, the worker must generally agree not to sue the employer. A starting offer is a contract usually developed by the employer`s lawyers or the staff team to reduce its financial and legal risk.