Employment Lawyer Rutger Heymann is a member of the California Sate Bar and provides
legal services throughout the San Jose and the South Bay Areas including the cities
of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park,
Redwood City and Foster City, as well as the communities within and adjacent to the
Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley), from San Francisco to Gilroy, and from Walnut
Creek to Oakland, Alameda, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and Hollister.
Compensation and Severance Pay Attorney San Jose, CA
What is Severance Pay?
Severance pay is generally a payment of money, and in some cases benefits, that the
employer gives the employee upon discharge or termination in order to help them make
a transition to a new job or career. When an employee leaves a company, they may
be offered a severance agreement, separation agreement or severance package to compensate
for the years of service they provided to the employer.
A severance agreement, separation agreement or severance pay may be one of the most
important documents you will ever sign. Be aware that a severance agreement could
prohibit you from continuing to work in your field or prevent you from filing a lawsuit
against the company. Therefore, it is important that an employment attorney review
the terms of the severance agreement prior to you signing it.
Many employees think that if they are laid off along with many other employees that
they have no rights to seek severance pay or if they are offered a severance agreement
that they are powerless to seek additional benefits. This is not necessarily the
Choosing the Right Bay Area Severance Package Lawyer
Employers often low-ball their initial severance pay offer, hoping you will accept
it quickly and move on. In addition, sometimes companies ask workers to sign Settlement
Agreements and Releases in order to receive their severance pay. These legal documents
often require that the worker waive all their legal rights to sue, to work for a
competitor company, or prevent them from collecting unemployment. In many cases,
my negotiation skills allow me to negotiate additional severance pay for laid off
and fired workers that go far beyond the initial offers from employers.
Contact Employment Law Attorney Rutger Heymann
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation,
or a hostile work environment you should always speak with a San Jose severance package
attorney before signing any legal documents. You may be entitled to significant compensation.
Laid-off workers should have these documents reviewed by an employment lawyer before
signing them. Contact my San Jose office at 408-297-7100 or email me to discuss your
severance package today.