I work for a big company that has well-documented severance policy that's published on the company's intranet. I will receive a severance agreement very soon, and am wondering if there is a need for a lawyer to review this before signing? What can a lawyer do when reviewing severance agreement?
An experienced employment lawyer can review a separation agreement and the facts leading up to the separation and provide advice on whether the separation appears lawful or not, explain the benefits and obligations under the agreement and severance plan, point out issues and benefits that an employee may want to negotiate, and depending on the circumstances may be able to negotiate a better exit package.
This response does not constitute legal advice or form an attorney-client relationship.
if your termination is possibly illegal due to discrimination or other violation of the law, the attorney can sometimes strike a better deal for you. Since attorneys are skilled in negotiating, an attorney can often strike a better deal than you can get on your own. Also an attorney can make sure you understand the agreement which is important since it will likely restrict your rights going forward.
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