Negotiating Severance Agreements in the Metropolitan Washington area
By the time your workplace rights problem reaches the point that you're consulting a lawyer, it's possible that your relationship with your employer has reached the point that it makes best sense to plan for leaving your current job on the most favorable terms possible. At the Thatcher Law Firm, we resolve many of our employment litigation cases through the negotiation of settlement packages between the filing of an EEOC complaint or formal lawsuit and an administrative hearing or trial — on occasion, even sooner. To learn how a severance agreement might represent an effective approach to your job situation, contact an experienced employment law attorney at our Greenbelt, Maryland, office.
While a lump sum settlement of a strong employment litigation case can put money in your pocket whether or not you leave your current job, many employees who have experienced severe problems with race discrimination or sexual harassment find that it would be best to move on. In negotiating a severance agreement, we address factors that go beyond the bottom line in protecting your interests and career prospects to the greatest extent possible. Among the considerations we can negotiate on your behalf are the following:
- Salary in an amount that will cover at a minimum the length of time it will reasonably take you to find comparable employment elsewhere
- Unpaid vacation, commission, sick leave or other elements of your compensation
- Full or partial release from any noncompete covenant, confidentiality agreement or other contract terms you might have signed with the employer
- Health insurance coverage for yourself and your family
- Strict control of the language of any reference or contacts you might need from your employer while seeking other work
Some of our new clients have already received severance offers by the time they consult with us for the first time. We can review the terms of the proposed agreement and give you an honest evaluation of our ability to improve them. Our starting point, of course, is the legal strength of your potential claims against your employer. We therefore make an exhaustive review of your rights and prospects of success in court before making any firm recommendation.
Our proven experience with employment litigation and negotiated severance packages also indicates that your leverage might improve or decline with the quality of the evidence we can find and present on your behalf in court. We have a good feel for identifying the point of a case when your claim is at its maximum value, and we keep you closely informed as to the strength of your case as it might change at different stages. The decision to accept a severance agreement is ultimately your own, but we give you the best information and advice possible to guide your decisions at every step of your case.
For further information about our ability to represent your interests effectively in the negotiation of a strong severance package, contact a lawyer at the Thatcher Law Firm.