Here in Maryland, fans of the television show "Desperate Housewives" may be following the legal drama of one of its former stars now that the show no longer on the air. However, even those that do not miss the show, and are not interested in entertainment news, may be able to learn something from Nicollette Sheridan's employment contract dispute.
Greenbelt area "Modern Family" viewers may have heard that the cast of the hit show recently filed a lawsuit against the show's producer in an effort to get out of their employment contracts.
Many people in Greenbelt saw Ann Curry's tearful goodbye on NBC's "Today" show yesterday. Curry was only one year into a three-year $30 million contract at the time of her departure as Matt Lauer's co-host, but the network reportedly demoted her due to lackluster ratings.
Drafting and negotiating a severance agreement is a very complex process. If you are separating from your employer, it is generally in your best interest to have any severance agreements reviewed by an employment law attorney. Often, these documents contain a general release in favor of the employer. So, by signing the agreement, you may actually be waiving your right to bring a claim.