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Can You Sue an Employer After Signing a Severance Agreement?

If you have recently been let go from your place of employment, there is a chance that you would have been asked to sign a severance agreement. In many cases, a severance agreement will provide you with compensation for being terminated but you should keep in mind that there could be drawbacks to signing such as waiving your right to sue your employer.

At Soni Law Firm, we are committed to helping you understand and protect your rights as an employee. In this article, we outline what you should consider before signing a severance agreement. Once signed your severance agreement is legally binding so it is important to ensure you fully understand what you are agreeing to. See our information below or book a free consultation, we are the dismissal lawyers Toronto employees trust.

Can I Sue My Employer After Receiving a Severance Package?

Can you sue an employer after signing a severance agreement? In many cases, your employer will ask you to waive your right to sue the company when you accept your severance agreement. If this is your situation, suing your employer might not be an option. This can be frustrating if years down the line you feel that you were not compensated fairly or feel that you had been mistreated or discriminated against while working for the employer.

You do not automatically waive your right to sue your employer when you sign a severance agreement. You only waive your right to sue if you agreed to it when you signed your agreement. If you have received a severance package and did not waive the right to sue your employer, you should be able to do so. If you have concerns about a severance agreement you have already signed it may be a good idea to consult with a severance lawyer to help you understand your rights.

Should I Dispute My Severance Package?

You don’t have to sign the first severance package that is presented to you by your employer. In some cases, the first offer presented is not a reflection of what you are entitled to. Though you may wish to sign and move on, it could be worth speaking with an employment lawyer to help you understand what you are entitled to.

Your severance pay is determined by many factors including how long you have been working for the company, your position within the company and your age. Past precedents should also be examined when determining if a severance package is fair. Consider getting a second opinion from an experienced employment and severance lawyer before signing your severance agreement to help protect against regrets in the future.

When Should I Contact an Employment Lawyer?

It is important to act quickly when looking to pursue legal action against your employer. Whether you feel you are being constructively dismissed or have concerns about your severance package, an employment lawyer can help. Do not hesitate in reaching out to the expert employment lawyers at Soni Law Firm. We are here to help you understand your rights and entitlements and will work for you to ensure you get what you deserve.

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Rahul founded Soni Law Firm, a boutique employment, labour, and human rights law firm, with the goal of taking his Downtown Toronto litigation experience and making it accessible to Ontario’s Main Street employees and employers.