Severance Negotiation

A reduction in force (RIF), forced resignation or wrongful termination often leads to the loss of steady income, company-sponsored medical insurance and other valuable benefits. In addition, the loss of one's employment can lead to great uncertainty, and he loss of respect, self-esteem, quality personal and family time, upward mobility, as well as one's future.

In certain situations, an employer may offer an employee a severance package to assist the employee in moving forward and obtaining other employment. In other situations, an employer may offer a severance package to rid itself of potential financial liability for any violations of law it may have committed against the employee.

Regardless of the employer's reason for offering a severance package, it is always advisable for an employee to obtain seasoned legal advice with respect to the pros and cons of accepting, rejecting and/or renegotiating the severance package offer.

What To Do When You Receive A Severance Package Offer

Employees who are the victims of sexual harassment, discrimination, downsizing and wrongful termination are often presented with a severance package on their last day of work. Faced with a short period of time to respond to the severance offer, employees are generally confused, concerned about their financial situation, unsure of how to weigh their options and unprepared to make such a significant decision.

Since severance packages are often written in complex legalese, it is crucial for an employee to understand exactly what rights he or she will be waiving by accepting the severance offer. In addition, even if an employee chooses to waive such rights, he or she may be able to negotiate a more attractive severance package that fairly assesses the value of the rights being waived.

We Can Help You Understand Employment Law And Severance Offers

Avila & Shaddow's lawyers have experience in litigating employment law cases, as well as negotiating generous severance packages. Our attorneys' insight into the intricacies of employment law often means the difference between a severance package that greatly favors the employer and one that assures fairness to the employee. Don't sign anything until you know what it means — consult a firm attorney to understand and protect your rights.

For quality legal representation in your employment law matter, contact Avila & Shaddow today.

This firm is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.