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This question is in regards ***** ***** severance document I was required to sign to receive severance pay. I was laid off and to get 2 weeks severance pay I was required to sign this document that went into detail on what I could not say about company. On top of this I reported work place harassment by a manager in a different department 1 month before being laid off. Additionally, I was required to submit documents to a customer that were falsified by a sister company with my current company knowing and approving of this.What options do I have? Is this severance document legal to gag my speech / first amendment rights?
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Employment Lawyer: John, Employment Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Your options are fairly simple here you can either sign it or not. I'm not sure how you are required to sign it. Severance pay is not mandatory under law. Therefore, the employer had no liability to pay you severance pay. It's very common for employers to offer severance pay in exchange for a release and severance. The terms of this release and severance agreement are very standard, and these agreements are legal there not a violation of your free-speech rights because this is vis-à-vis a private entity; not the government. Any claims that you have against the employer would be released by this agreement. You shouldn't sign the agreement if you believe those claims have validity and are worth more than the severance amount and, rather, should seek legal counsel to explore those claims.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok, so I did sign this because I need the money because this was given with no notice. So can I make any comments that are negative?
Employment Lawyer: John, Employment Lawyer replied 7 months ago

You agree not to disparage them or their affiliates. This means basically you cannot say anything bad about them, even if it's the truth. Hope this answers your questions. Thanks.

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