Chicago, IL asked in Employment Law for Missouri

Q: I was recently terminated from my employer. I was offered 1,000 'severance' and told I could sign a document.

The letter says that if I sign the document that "you will no longer be entitled to any further compensation, monies or other benefits from Arrow, including coverage under any benefits or programs sponsored" by the said company-so what does that mean? Does that include unemployment?

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Probably does. Have an attorney in Missouri review the document. A good attorney can often negotiate a larger severance or better terms.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA

A: IMO "unemployment insurance benefits" do not come from an employer, at least not in California. They are a government provided benefits, and the severance agreement you describe would not prevent you from seeking them, in CA, as a matter of public policy. This seems to be pretty basic law to me, and I would suppose that MO would have the same policies. Consult with a local employee rights attorney or the unemployment insurance office before you sign.

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