Understanding Your Rights In Employment and Separation Agreements

At Levy Ratner, in New York, we help employees in New York and New Jersey understand their rights when it comes to their job.

Whenever your employer asks or demands that you sign a separation agreement, it’s important to understand what you are signing. While there are employers who offer fair termination terms, many overstep and infringe on your rights. Some of these behaviors are illegal.

The Protection You Need

All types of workers can be terminated from their employment. You may be a professional working in a high-rise office building in the heart of New York, or you may work for a chain store. No matter what type of work you do –manual labor to fast food, intellectual and creative or academic and educational – our team is here to offer support and information. We want to be sure you know your rights and are not taken advantage of. By talking to an experienced employment lawyer, you can be sure your rights are protected.

Understanding A Separation Agreement

A separation agreement is an agreement that your employer gives you when your employment is being terminated, or you are “let go” or fired. This can involve a set amount of money or no compensation.

Employers have employees sign separation agreements to protect their business. The employer wants to make sure you do not sue them for unlawful termination.

A separation agreement is sometimes referred to as a severance agreement. Severance pay is generally a part of a separation agreement. Severance pay can be negotiated at the time a worker is hired or terminated and typically includes a benefits package. We advise on the negotiation of these employment agreements as well.

When Not To Sign A Separation Agreement

Most of us want to keep our jobs. Unfortunately, there are situations where employers fire workers who “make noise” about unfair treatment or wrongdoing. If you are experiencing harassment, discrimination or a hostile work environment, it is in your best interest to consult an employment lawyer before signing any agreement. Employment separation agreements can be complex. You are never required to sign this agreement.

Let’s Talk About Your Employee Rights

As experienced employment attorneys, we know when something is not right. We are dedicated to your rights as an employee, no matter where or for whom you work. Call 212-627-8100 or send us your contact information and we will reach out to you.

Our New York City employment attorneys have fought to protect the rights of workers since 1971. We are passionate about justice and equity.