SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS

A severance agreement is a contract between the employer and employee that details the employee's termination. Some severance agreements may include a severance package. A severance package will offer certain benefits as an incentive to the employee. These may include cash payments, extension of benefits and letters of recommendation. 

If you have been asked to sign a severance agreement, you may be signing away critical rights. It is important to review the agreement with an experienced RMN attorney before signing. 

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Why should you have a lawyer review your Severance Agreement?

You should never sign a contract without a lawyer reviewing because: 

  • the legalese in a contract may be confusing

  • you may be legally bound to do or pay for something you did not intend for

  • The employer is seeking for the employee to sign away certain rights

  • contracts are rarely straightforward

  • attorneys can help avoid litigation in the future

  • attorneys help you understand the risks involved and reduce them

  • attorneys may help negotiate better terms

  • severance agreements are typically designed to benefit the employer

  • An attorney can advise the employee on the ramifications and negotiate a better deal.

How do I know if I need a lawyer?

If you have been let go, and you have any suspicion that it was for an illegal reason, you should call RMN for a free consultation now. Employers have expensive lawyers that help them cover up their illegal practices. You need an employment attorney that will fight for your rights. If you recently made a complaint about sexual harassment, have over heard racist jokes in the workplace, or noticed everyone gets fired when they hit a certain age, call us now!

How can I afford a lawyer?

We know that hiring a lawyer shortly after you have lost your job may seem financially impossible. The good news is that RMN offers contingency billing so you can pursue justice under the least amount of financial hardship. In contingency billing, we pay all the upfront costs in exchange for a portion of the money we secure for you. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing. It is just another way that we are ATTORNEYS WHO ARE ON YOUR TEAM TM

Are there important deadlines?

Yes, there are extremely important deadlines you must make or your claim could be lost. The EEOC, PHRC, and Courts all have Statutes of Limitations (SOL) that limit the amount of time you have to bring your claim. In some cases, those deadlines can be as soon as 30 days after the illegal act, though in most situations the SOL is between 6 months and 2 years. Only an experienced attorney can tell you what the SOL on your case is. Don't wait to call, or it may be too late. 

How much is my case worth?

There is no simple equation that we can use predict how much your case may be worth. You should not trust an attorney who claims to have one. Every case is unique, and the value of any case can only be determined by actually litigating it in court. Our lawyers can assess your situation and give you potential ranges after in depth investigation, but no one lawyer can tell you what our case is worth until it has been settled or tried.  

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Should I complain to human resources?

Yes, you should make a complaint to your company's HR department if you are sexually harassed by a superior or a co-worker. If your company doesn't have an HR department, you should go to a superior, or an owner. In either case, you should call an attorney right away for advice on your situations.

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