Employee Rights Litigation For Los Angeles County And The San Fernando Valley
Many people feel fortunate to be offered a severance agreement when their employer eliminates their position. What people often forget, though, is that a severance agreement is a contract. Employers don’t just offer to continue to pay a salary unless they are getting something in return.
If you have a severance agreement on your desk, make sure you know what you are signing. Most severance agreements are contracts. Like any contract, both signing parties will have legal obligations to fulfill. If you work for a company in Southern California, call the law offices of Jay S. Rothman & Associates. Our services include a severance agreement review to make sure you are comfortable with the provisions of the agreement.
From offices in Woodland Hills, our lawyers provide legal advice and representation for clients in communities throughout Los Angeles County and the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. Call 818-986-7870 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles severance agreement attorney today. Often, the expectations on the former employee are a lot more costly than the months of salary being offered.
We do not draft severance agreements for employers. We are an employment litigation firm that is 100 percent on the side of protecting the rights of workers.
Some things to watch for include:
- Does your severance agreement prohibit you from working for a specific competitor for a stated length of time?
- Does your severance agreement contain any language that may hinder your opportunities for finding future employment, such as fired for cause?
- Does the agreement try to prohibit you from working in your profession for any type of business or industry?
- Does your agreement try to prohibit you from starting your own business in the related specialty area or working as an independent contractor?
- Will your agreement prohibit you from accepting any kind of temporary or permanent work while you are receiving compensation?
- Does the agreement tax your severance pay as a lump sum bonus (up to 40 percent), or will it be taxed as the usual payroll deduction rate?
- Will you continue to receive a matching contribution to your 401(k) or pension over the course of the severance pay?
- Will your employer try to block unemployment benefits following your severance pay period?
Before You Sign, Call A San Fernando Valley Severance Negotiation Attorney
If you are unsure of what the expectations are if you accept the severance agreement, you need to see us first. We will help you understand the terms of the agreement and maximize your benefits.
Get the legal help you need to protect your employee rights. Call 818-986-7870. You may also use our contact form to submit an email regarding your case. We offer a free consultation, and we advance all costs of investigating, preparing and litigating your case.