VA MD DC Employment Lawyers Negotiating Severance Agreements for Employees
Zuckerman Law represents Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia executives and senior professionals in negotiating severance agreements, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other contracts related to employment. Entering into a severance agreement can result in an employee waiving or relinquishing valuable rights and agreeing to restrictions on future employment. Therefore, it is critical to get experienced counsel to review a severance agreement and negotiate favorable terms for the employee. Zuckerman Law can also assist you to determine whether the termination of your employment gives rise to legal claims. If your former employer terminated you for an unlawful reason, you should not waive your right to bring a claim, including a potential claim of wrongful termination, discrimination, or retaliation.
Employee Rights in Severance Agreements
Some severance agreements contain unlawful provisions that interfere with employee’s rights under anti-discrimination, anti-retaliation, and whistleblower protection laws. Before entering into a severance agreement, consult with an experienced attorney to evaluate whether your former employer is violating your rights. Examples of improper or unlawful provisions in severance agreements include:
- a waiver of a claim that would arise or accrue subsequent to the effective date of the agreement.
- a waiver of the right to file a charge of discrimination or retaliation.
- a waiver of vested right under a benefit or pension plan.
- a waiver of the right to testify, assist, or cooperate in an investigation of a charge of discrimination or retaliation.
- an agreement not to report a violation of law or regulation to law enforcement or regulatory agencies.
Before signing a severance agreement, consult with an experienced Severance Agreement Lawyer. Call 202-262-8959 to schedule a consultation.
In public remarks, Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC's Whistleblower Office, has warned that…
Whistleblower lawyer Jason Zuckerman co-authored an article with Professor Richard Moberly and Jordan Thomas titled…