Severance Package Lawyer Chicago

Can a lawyer help me with my severance package?

At the Lázaro Law Group, we can help you with your severance package. Our legal team has extensive experience in negotiating, reviewing, and drafting severance agreements to protect your legal rights and interests. We will work closely with you to evaluate your severance agreement, identify any potential legal issues, and negotiate on your behalf to improve the terms. We can advise you on whether to sign the severance agreement or whether to pursue legal action if you believe you have been subject to discrimination or retaliation.

Our top priority is to advocate for you and help you receive the best possible severance package. If you need help with a severance package agreement, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help protect your legal rights and interests.

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When should you talk to a lawyer?

You may want to talk to a lawyer about your severance package agreement if you are unsure about the terms of the agreement or if you believe that the agreement may be unfair or illegal. Some specific situations where you may want to consider speaking with a lawyer include:

  • You were terminated from your job and offered a severance package that you believe is unfair or inadequate
  • You were offered a severance package with restrictive terms, such as a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement, that you believe may limit your future job opportunities
  • You believe that you were subject to discrimination or retaliation, and the severance package is being offered as a way to avoid legal action
  • You have questions about the terms of the severance package and want to understand your legal rights and options.

A lawyer with experience in employment law can provide guidance and help you negotiate the terms of your severance agreement. They can identify any potential legal issues and advise you on whether the terms of the agreement are fair and legal. If necessary, they can also help you pursue legal action to protect your rights. Overall, if you have any concerns about your severance package agreement, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer to ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected.

A lawyer with experience in employment law can provide guidance and help you negotiate the terms of your severance agreement. They can identify any potential legal issues and advise you on whether the terms of the agreement are fair and legal. If necessary, they can also help you pursue legal action to protect your rights. Overall, if you have any concerns about your severance package agreement, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer to ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected.

Why should you choose Lázaro Law Group to represent you?

The Lázaro Law Group is a leading law firm in Chicago that specializes in severance package agreements. Our legal team has extensive experience in negotiating, reviewing, and drafting severance agreements to protect the legal rights and interests of our clients. We work closely with clients to evaluate the severance agreement, identify potential legal issues, and negotiate the best possible outcome. Our goal is to help our clients understand their options and make informed decisions about their severance agreement.

We can review the terms of the agreement, ensure that it complies with all legal requirements, and negotiate on behalf of our clients to improve the terms. Our legal team is skilled in identifying potential areas of concern and developing strategies to address them. Our top priority is to advocate for our clients and help them receive the best possible severance package. If you need help with a severance package agreement, contact the Lázaro Law Group to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help protect your legal rights and interests.

Frequently Asked Questions  

What rights am I giving up by signing a severance agreement?

When you sign a severance agreement in Chicago, you may be giving up certain legal rights. The specific rights that you give up will depend on the terms of the agreement. Here are some common rights that may be impacted by a severance agreement:

  • The right to sue your employer for wrongful termination or other employment-related claims: Severance agreements often include a release of claims, which means that you agree not to sue your employer for any employment-related claims. This can include claims of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
  • The right to work for a competitor: Some severance agreements may include non-compete or non-solicitation clauses that restrict your ability to work for a competitor or solicit your former employer’s clients.
  • The right to speak out about your employment: Some severance agreements may include confidentiality or non-disparagement clauses that prevent you from speaking out about your employment or criticizing your former employer.

It’s important to carefully review the terms of any severance agreement before signing it. If you have any questions or concerns about the terms of the agreement, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer to ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected.

Do I need a lawyer to negotiate severance?

While it’s not required to have a lawyer to negotiate a severance package in Chicago, having a lawyer can be beneficial. A lawyer with experience in employment law can provide guidance and help you negotiate the terms of your severance agreement to ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected. They can review the terms of the agreement, negotiate better terms, advise you on your legal rights, and represent you in legal disputes if necessary. If you have concerns or questions about your severance package, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer to get guidance and legal representation.

Is it legal to lay off an employee without any severance?

Yes, it is legal for an employer to lay off an employee without any severance in Chicago, as long as the layoff does not violate any employment agreements, company policies, or applicable laws.

In Illinois, as in most states in the U.S., employment is generally considered “at-will,” which means that employers can terminate an employee’s employment at any time, for any reason, as long as it is not discriminatory or otherwise unlawful. This means that employers are generally not required to provide severance pay to employees who are laid off.

However, some employees may be entitled to severance pay if it is provided for in an employment agreement, employee handbook, or other company policy. Additionally, some employers may choose to offer severance pay as a way to help laid-off employees transition to a new job.

If you have been laid off without any severance pay, and you believe that your layoff was discriminatory or otherwise illegal, you may want to speak with a lawyer to determine whether you have any legal claims. A lawyer with experience in employment law can help you evaluate your situation and determine your legal options.

Do I get severance pay if I quit?

If you quit your job voluntarily in Chicago, you are generally not entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is usually offered to employees who are terminated from their jobs. However, some employers may offer severance pay as a voluntary benefit to employees who resign under certain circumstances.

Can you counter offer a severance package?

Yes, it is possible to counter offer a severance package in Chicago. If you have been offered a severance package by your employer and you believe that the terms are not fair or reasonable, you can negotiate for better terms.

To make a counteroffer, you can prepare a response to the initial offer, explaining the terms you are seeking and why you believe they are appropriate. You may want to consider working with a lawyer to help you negotiate the terms of your severance package and ensure that your legal rights and interests are protected.

Some common items that you may want to negotiate in a severance package include:

  • The amount of severance pay
  • The length of time that you will receive healthcare benefits
  • The terms of a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement
  • The language of a confidentiality or non-disparagement clause

It’s important to remember that severance negotiations are a two-way process, and that your employer may have their own interests and constraints. It’s important to be professional and respectful throughout the negotiation process, and to focus on reaching an agreement that is fair and reasonable for both parties.

If you have been offered a severance package and would like to negotiate the terms, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer who can provide guidance and legal representation.

Please feel free to contact us directly should you want to discuss your needs or if you require further details on our experience in the area.  

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Lázaro Law Group
321 S. Plymouth Ct Suite 1250,
Chicago, IL 60604

Rafael E. Lazaro
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