For employment contract review, we are going to look at all of the provisions in the contract. We have experience in knowing what’s either industry standard or state of the art legally in terms of most of those provisions. So for instance, we’ll know when a restrictive covenant, a not compete obligation is overly broad, when terms in a contract raise big legal red flags, how is for cause defined under the contract? For instance, all of those things we have decades of experience and know what is reasonable, appropriate, and state of the art to protect our employees.
On severances, employers when offering severance almost invariably ask the employee whose receiving that severance to release all legal rights to sue them. And in that process the employee is advised to consult with legal counsel. So they’ll come to us to look at whether or not the amount being offered to them in the severance is reasonable for what they’re being asked to do, give up their right to sue their employer. And we will look at all of the facts involved in what’s led to them being let go, and be able to advise them about whether or not that severance is reasonable under those circumstances to support a release of legal claims. When it isn’t, we’ll go further and we’ll offer that employee contingency representation going forward to seek an enhancement to that severance, and our contingency is limited to what we can negotiate above what they’ve been offered. We will take a third of what we can negotiate above what’s been offered initially. So we take the risk with our clients in achieving the kind of results that give them a reasonable severance to release their legal claims.
About Larry Schaefer
Lawrence P. Schaefer has earned the respect of judges and other lawyers for his thorough and aggressive client advocacy in negotiation and litigation. He focuses exclusively on representing people who have been subject to employment discrimination at work. Larry serves as the firm’s President and head of litigation. Learn more >
About Toni Halleen
Toni has practiced employment law since graduating from law school in 1988. The field appeals to her because in our society, our jobs can be core to our identity and well-being. Even in her early years in the 70s and 80s, Toni remembers being drawn to ideals of justice, fairness, and social equality in attending anti-discrimination marches, participating in school activism, and admiring the political satire of the Smothers Brothers (and others). Learn more >