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  • Should I get an attorney to review a severance agreement prior to signing?

    Was promised commissions earned from December, payable on January 25th (normal pay period) and a bonus earned for performance. The agreement mentions details of the severance pay (5 weeks and based on average commission for past 6 months, plus sa...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Yes, you absolutely should have an attorney review your severance agreement. You will no doubt be required in the agreement to release important rights that you may not know about or understand. Further, the agreement is no doubt written to be favorable to your employer, not you. An employment lawyer can often renegotiate the agreement so it is more favorable to you.

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  • I have DOL unemployment appeal courts Thursday where i quit my job because a black male grabbed my arm at work.

    i have DOL unemployment appeal courts Thursday where i quit my job because a black male grabbed my arm at work. I quit because my Dr said I was working in a gender age race and dangers of this guy going postal on me.which should i d...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    It is somewhat unclear from your question exactly what your doctor said. However, the law enables you to obtain unemployment benefits if you can demonstrate "good cause." This can sometimes be hard to prove. You should request an in-person (rather than a telephone) hearing, and bring with you any evidence you have or can get showing that your doctor advised you to quit due to the hostile work environment in which you were required to work. If you are suffering specific health issues as a result of the environment, you should testify about those issues. You should also tell the hearing officer that a black male assaulted you by grabbing your arm, and that you felt unsafe there because of this and other events. Testify to any other occurrences that made you feel unsafe, and explain that your final decision was upon your doctor's directive.

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