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To answer directly, if the release includes 'employees', then you would be barred from suit. By choosing to accept the funds and signing the severance package, you are essentially signing a settlement agreement under which you agree to hold everyone harmless from any activity that is related to the business, including employees and the business itself. Unless you get the company to rework the language and allow you to possibly pursue one of the parties once you accept the funds, taking this package would bar you from suing someone separately simply because that person could 'enjoin' (bring in) the employer as a third party, and it would then cause a breach of the terms under the package that you signed.
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