Most workers in Ohio are considered at-will employees, meaning they do not have an employment contract and they can be fired at any time. Still, employees often work for many different employers during their life, and in some cases, their employer may offer them a severance agreement when either party terminates the employment arrangement. Severance agreements are not required under Ohio law, and so, there is no standard these agreements must follow. All employees in Ohio should understand what to expect from a severance agreement and the limitations on them.
Employers can include many different provisions in severance agreements, but there are some that are more common than others. The most common provisions include:
To ensure the provisions within a severance agreement are fair, employees should always speak to an employment lawyer that can review the contract before they sign it.
Although employers can include many provisions within a severance agreement, there are others that should never be included. Employers cannot force any employee to forfeit their right to vested pension benefits. Additionally, employers cannot force employees to forfeit their right to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, severance agreements can require an employee to waive their right to financial compensation after filing such a complaint.
If your employer has offered you a severance agreement, call our Columbus employment lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC, before you sign. We will fully review the contract, ensure it is fair, and that you do not forfeit any of your rights to take legal action or claim compensation unless it is reasonable for you to do so. Our skilled attorneys have the necessary experience to protect the rights of employees, and we want to put that experience to work for you. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys.
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