Severance Agreement Attorney in Atlanta, GA
When an employer is preparing to lay off employees, the business will often offer a severance package. Severance agreements are signed when an employee agrees to the layoff package they are receiving. This package typically allows an employee who has been laid off a buffer of payment so they don’t have to worry quite as much about finances while they search for a new job. If you have been issued a severance agreement, it is important that you have this agreement reviewed by an experienced employment law attorney before you sign it. Attorney Ben Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to assess your situation, determine the best course of action, and help you pursue the justice you are entitled to. To schedule a consultation with a legal team you can count on, contact Ben Barrett Law today.
Severance Agreement Reviews
At first glance, any severance agreement seems tempting, because it will typically provide you with a bit of financial security as you secure your next job. However, sometimes, employers try to hide stipulations within severance agreements that can actually make your life more difficult in the long run. Ben Barrett Law can effectively review your severance agreement to ensure that it is in your best interest before you sign. Of course, all severance agreements are different depending on the industry of work and the company itself. Some of the common stipulations included in the severance agreement that can hinder you in the future include the following:
- A non-solicitation clause, which bars you from recruiting former co-workers from the company that laid you off for a given period of time.
- A non-compete clause, which prevents you from accepting a position with a direct competitor of your former employer for a certain period of time.
- A release of legal claims, which would prevent you from taking a wrongful termination claim or any other type of legal claim against your employer.
- A proprietary information clause that aims to protect confidential information given to you by the company.
- A non-disparagement clause, which prevents you from making critical or negative remarks about your employer.
Why do I need an attorney to review my agreement?
It is essential that before you sign a severance agreement, you bring it to an experienced employment lawyer to review. Attorney Barrett can review any clauses in your agreement and determine whether they are reasonable or try to renegotiate the terms in your favor. Additionally, he can ensure that you are aware of any other parts of the agreement can have a negative impact on your future employment or financial standing. Ben Barrett Law is here to protect your rights and ensure that your employer is not setting you up for hurdles in the future.
Contact Ben Barrett Law
Though we understand how easy it is to simply sign a severance agreement while only giving thought to the dollar amount you see, it is important that you have an attorney review the agreement before you sign. Ben Barrett Law has over 30 years of experience proudly representing clients across Georgia as they face various employment law matters, including severance agreement reviews. For quality legal representation when it matters most, contact Ben Barrett Law today.