Crews Law Firm Negotiates and Reviews Severance Agreements
If you’ve been offered a severance agreement, before accepting or rejecting it there are several important things to consider. First, before signing any legal document it is important to fully understand what you are signing and what impact it will have on you and your future.
At the heart of almost all severance agreements is a “release” that says you give up any rights you have to make legal claims or bring a lawsuit against the employer. To decide whether to accept or reject the agreement, it is necessary to fully consider whether you have any potential legal claims, how strong those claims are, and how those claims might come into play. Many people often have more options than either signing the severance agreement or suing their former employer. In appropriate circumstances, the attorneys at Crews Law Firm can represent or assist employees in negotiating severance payments or other terms based on their situation.
Severance agreements also often include other provisions that can impact your future, such as agreements relating to confidentiality and “non-disparagement” (meaning, you can’t say anything negative about the employer). Crews Law Firm attorneys can fully explain your legal rights and whether the non-monetary terms can or should be changed, for example making a “non-disparagement” provision mutual so that it applies equally to both sides, or addressing issues such as future references, applications for unemployment, etc.
If you have not been offered a severance agreement but believe you may be entitled to one, Crews Law Firm can discuss that with you as well, including whether you might have viable claims for illegal termination of your employment.
For more information on employment law and the types of evidence used in employment law cases, click here for an article written by Crews Law Firm Attorney Robert W. Schmidt published in the Texas Bar Journal.
Additional articles on employment law written by Robert W. Schmidt also can be found in his attorney profile.
For additional information on employment law, also visit the Workplace Fairness website at http://www.workplacefairness.org/.