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Tina, Attorney
Category: California Employment Law
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Experience:  JD, 17 years experience & recognized by ABA for excellence in employment law.
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Greetings, My former employer has terminated my position and

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My former employer has terminated my position and offered me a lump sum, equivalent to 3 months of paid. After I sent a 10 page letter to them explaining sexual harassment and wrongful termination, they offered me 12 months; however, the new agreement is now called 'Settlement and General Release agreement" vs. ‘Separation and General Release’. I live in CA and my unemployment has already been approved. I have not signed the settlement agreement yet. Would this jeopardize my unemployment benefits due to the fact that it's a settlement agreement?

Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Tina replied 5 years ago.
Hello and welcome,

A settlement for a legal claim would not typically have any effect on your claim for unemployment benefits under CA law.

It would typically be treated the same as severance, which does not affect your benefits either, but should be reported to the EDD.

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