Do I Need A Lawyer?
Our attorneys can help
Issues involving separation and severance can be complicated when your employment has been terminated. You want to make sure the agreement is fair and provides you with enough compensation to get by while you search for a new position. But how do you determine what’s fair? That’s when it’s time to call an experienced employment attorney.
The lawyers at Gibson Law, LLC used to represent employers in matters involving a wide range of employment issues. We know how employers approach separation and severance agreements and how they try to protect their interests. Now, we use our experience and legal knowledge to help employees.
You may not be sure if the separation and severance agreement you have been offered is fair. But you can be sure that lawyers for your employer drafted the agreement and carefully reviewed it. You need your own lawyer – one who is concerned about your best interests – to help determine how it affects you.
What can a lawyer do?
Review the terms and conditions of your agreement
A separation agreement may include a waiver of your rights to sue, a confidentiality clause, a non-disparagement clause and non-compete clause, among other provisions. In return, you may be offered severance pay, continued health insurance benefits, outplacement and services. A lawyer can determine if the terms of the agreement are clear and serve your interests.
Deal directly with your employer
Learning your employment has been terminated can be very stressful and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Whatever your relationship with your employer, you may not want to discuss issues with them that affect your future. An attorney can deal directly with your employer on your behalf to resolve any outstanding issues.
Negotiate better terms
Depending on your situation, a lawyer may be able to work out more favorable terms in a separation and severance agreement. These could include more severance pay, a longer period of paid health insurance benefits, stock options, outplacement services or letters of recommendation for your job search.
Take legal action, if needed
There may be an outstanding workplace issue that you would like to get resolved, one that makes you hesitant to agree to waive your right to sue. This issue could involve incidents of harassment or discrimination, or retaliation you suffered after reporting illegal activity. A lawyer can review your situation and take appropriate legal action.
Being terminated from your job can impact your life in many ways. You want to make sure that you are being treated fairly and making the right decision by agreeing to such terms. But you are given a limited amount of time to review it. It’s important to seek advice from a trusted employment lawyer as soon as possible.
Our attorneys are very familiar with separation and severance agreements and federal and state employment laws. We are determined to help you get the best possible outcome so you can move forward to the next chapter of your career. Contact us for a consultation with a member of our legal team at our Cincinnati or Dayton office.