Some employers ask terminated employees to sign a release following their termination. The main reason for doing so is to officially end the relationship between the parties and to essentially create a clean break. A signed release is intended to prevent either party from pursuing future legal action against one another.
A release can be presented as part of a termination package or severance package (or, where the termination was for cause presented without such a package), or provided to an employee once such packages are accepted or at any other point following a termination.
Unfortunately, many employees sign such a release without obtaining legal advice or having an employment lawyer review the package they may have received following termination. Employees may be worried they may not receive their termination or severance pay if they do not sign, or they do not want to appear uncooperative. However, employees are not required to sign such a release, and should always request the chance to obtain independent legal advice before they do anything regarding a release.
Before accepting any package from your former employer following a termination, and before signing a release, always consult with an employment lawyer to make sure you fully understand the terms of the package, what rights you will have following termination, and what rights may be limited.
If you have already accepted a package or have signed a release and are now concerned this may negatively impact you moving forward, do not despair. A highly experienced employment lawyer, like the lawyers at Sultan Lawyers, can provide you with options.
The employment lawyers at Sultan Lawyers provide exceptional guidance to terminated employees. We will review any documentation provided by your former employer, including releases, and will help clarify what you can expect going forward. We will represent you in any ongoing discussions, will negotiate on your behalf, and will ensure your rights are protected in the immediate aftermath of a termination and in the weeks and months that follow. We will provide legal representation in any dispute that may arise, including those that relate to signed releases and other termination terms. Contact us online or at 416-214-5111 for a consultation.
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