If you have recently been terminated from your job or workplace, you may have been offered severance pay by your former employer. While many people think severance pay is a reward for their hard work, it is more often offered because an employer is seeking to protect the firm from legal actions you may take following your termination. If you agree to take severance pay, you may lose your ability to file a lawsuit against your former employer or file complaints with regulatory agencies.
Instead of automatically accepting severance pay, you should ask yourself if the severance package is fair. If you did not negotiate a severance package prior to starting your job, you will need to enlist the help of an employment law attorney to help you negotiate your severance pay with your previous employer. With the assistance of a Portland employment lawyer, you can assess your rights under the law to challenge the severance package you have been offered or challenge your termination altogether.
A legal expert from HKM Employment Attorneys will help you evaluate whether or not you were discriminated against by your employer, and whether you were forced to work in an inappropriate environment. Our firm has represented companies as well as individuals, and can provide expert legal advice for how to proceed with negotiating the details of your severance package. In some cases, you may be able to file a claim of employment discrimination against your employer because of evidence that has been brought to light. Contact a Portland employment attorney at our firm today to learn more!