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Severance Negotiation Attorneys | Wrongful Termination Lawyers


Our Texas Severance Negotiation Lawyers can help you decide whether the severance you were offered is fair. We may be able to get you a better severance. If you were offered no severance at all, we may be able to help you get it. We can review the terms of the agreement given to you by your employer – a severance agreement which was written with your employer’s best interests in mind.

We can provide you a timely and thorough evaluation of our ability to improve them. We can also review your employment and termination history to obtain severance for you if you have been offered none at all. Email us at intake@spencerscottlaw.com for fastest response. Or call today at 972-458-5301. You will be speaking to a severance attorney within 24 hours. We can go over your situation and help explain next steps. Read our bios here.

OUR SEVERANCE NEGOTIATION LAWYERS WILL PRESENT YOU WITH A PLAN OF ACTION:

  1. Our lawyers can review and explain paragraph-by-paragraph and word-for-word the severance agreement presented to you and can make sure you understand the terms and implications.
  2. Our lawyers can review the circumstances of your employment and termination if you were offered no severance at all.
  3. A detailed and individualized plan will be presented to each client that reflects the client’s particular circumstances, leverage and negotiation needs. This plan may range from behind-the-scenes advice and “ghost writing” to a team of lawyers and tax specialists or other experts.
  4. We can negotiate directly with your employer to enhance your severance. It is often quite helpful to have an experienced severance attorney negotiate on your behalf to demonstrate that you are serious about getting a fair severance package.

If you’ve recently been asked to sign a severance agreement, contact Spencer Scott. Our skillful severance lawyers are ready to review your situation. Email us directly at intake@spencerscottlaw.com or call us at 972-458-5301.

WHAT TO DO TO OBTAIN A REASONABLE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT IN TEXAS

If you find yourself in the often distressing position of a layoff, position elimination or outright termination, a severance package may help you in your ability to bridge the gap between jobs.

What is a severance package?

A severance package contains pay and benefits that an employee is offered when he or she leaves employment with a company. It may include compensation or payments for a variety of reasons including whether your employer fears that you will file a claim against it, years of service, unused vacation or sick leave time, bonuses, and the like. It may address the continuation of insurance coverage, stock options, disability benefits and out-placement services to help you find a new job.

In exchange for receiving a severance package, most employers will require the employee to sign a “severance agreement.” Most severance agreements will include not only terms regarding the payment of compensation and benefits but also a release of any claims the employee may have against the employer. The agreement might also include a clause limiting your ability to go to work for a competitor or in the same or similar field of work. There may be a clause that prohibits you from saying something negative about your employer.

What should you do if you are offered a severance agreement or are offered no severance at all?

1. Take your time before your sign.
Do not rush in and sign the agreement your employer has offered you until you take the time to analyze the offer, negotiate or retain a lawyer to assist you. If you are over 40, the law requires employers to include in most standard severance agreements a minimum of 21 days to consider it. There is a lot to do to make sure you understand the agreement offered to you and to decide whether to negotiate for improvements. Take this time.

2. Gather information.
Assemble documents and information you need to determine exactly what has been offered to you, what has been left out and whether you can improve your severance through negotiation. Locate your original offer letter, employee handbooks, documentation of the company severance plan, if there is one, all emails concerning issues that may be grounds to claim wrongful termination or unfair treatment, and documentation of your health and disability insurance, retiree medical benefits, vacation time, compensation and stock options. These may also include non-compete agreements, intellectual proprietary inventions agreement or non-disclosure agreements and mandatory arbitration agreements. Do not retain or forward to a personal email address any of your employer’s confidential business information or trade secrets. Retaining such information is not “leverage” in severance negotiations and may well hurt your negotiation position or result in a lawsuit against you.

3. Review the package in detail.
Do not sign anything until you understand each and every term. Determine if the package leaves out sources of compensation insurance or benefits. Do not sign something that says you are resigning while you consider your options. Determine how what you have been offered stacks up against offers made to other terminated employees or other standard offers in the industry. Consider hiring an attorney to fully explain the legal implications of each of the terms.

4. Think of your leverage points.
Think of the reasons you were terminated. You may have grounds to claim wrongful termination or to negotiate a better severance package if you were fired for a wrongful reason including any of the following: discrimination for sex, gender, age, religion or national origin; discrimination due to a legitimate illness, disability or absence or to deny accrued benefits; retaliation for having made workers’ compensation claims or sexual harassment claims; violation of a written or implied contract; retaliation for whistleblowing or speaking out; or as part of a large layoff without proper notice. If you sign a severance agreement without negotiation, you likely will be giving away these rights forever.

5. Decide whether to negotiate.
Many employers will negotiate severance on some level. In some situations, an employer may be able to revoke an offer of severance if you reject the offer. There may be a risk associated with negotiating your severance agreement in those circumstances. Most of the time, however, severance is negotiable. And you will never know if your employer will negotiate and give you a better offer if you do not ask.

6. Decide what to negotiate.
The most common terms to negotiate include:

– The total compensation paid to you in the package, including cash, prorated bonus, stock options, payment for unused vacation time and the like;
– Insurance coverage and disability benefits. For how long and at whose expense?
– Letters of recommendation or a favorable statement regarding your “voluntary separation” rather than termination;
– Out-placement assistance;
– Your ability to exercise unvested and vested stock options;
– The terms of or release from any non-compete.

7. When in doubt, consider hiring a lawyer.
In addition to the shock of being let go by your employer, you may be faced with significant financial distress. These factors can interfere with your ability to objectively assess your rights. Deciding whether to accept, reject or negotiate a severance package can have significant financial implications. You should consider hiring an attorney to review the severance package, help you decide if there is room to negotiate or negotiate directly for you.

For more information, please read our article on How to Improve Your Severance Package.

Our severance team is based in Dallas, TX but we negotiate severance packages across Texas.

TESTIMONIALS


  • I was referred to Spencer Scott by a mutual acquaintance and have been very pleased with every step of the legal assistance Ms. Spencer has provided. I received warm, respectful, and professional attention from everyone I encountered at the firm. Ms. Spencer’s knowledge and prompt application of the law to my circumstance produced the ideal and desired outcome in a succinct, effective, and financially appropriate way. I have retained other firms for various reasons and have had charges pile up needlessly and I can say honestly that this was definitely not the case with Spencer Scott. I highly recommend them for outstanding service.

    SUSAN LEMONS

  • Jennifer and her associate James Hunnicutt went above and beyond expectations for me. They developed multiple strategies and pursued avenues I hadn’t considered. They know the law and were amazing at the hearing, outshining the opposition. They had the opposition scrambling to gain a foothold the entire hearing.

    I’m a single mother and had been wrongfully terminated and denied unemployment benefits based on an unsubstantiated allegation that was untrue.

    I was online all night one night looking for an attorney to help me and had sent out email requests to multiple attorneys. The first call I received was from Jennifer herself, bright and early the very next morning. She asked numerous questions to clarify facts about my case, then told me she thought I had a case and she would be happy to assist me. I received calls from two other attorneys later that day but they didn’t seem interested. One referred me to someone else who never called back. I hired Jennifer.

    Jennifer and her team really cared about me, not just about winning the case. I would recommend Jennifer Jackson Spencer and her team to anyone who needs an employment attorney.

    Liz – (see this on AVVO Reviews here)

    Above and beyond expectations

  • I was referred to Jennifer by a couple of people who recommended her for help with my Employment Law issue. I had been recently laid off from a company who told me they were eliminating my position but I found out quite by accident that my position truly wasn’t eliminated, but renamed, and had been back-filled but someone who was younger and of a different race than me (I am over the age of 40). I originally went to the EEOC and they refused to help me so I called Jennifer to see if I had a potential case against my ex-employer. She agreed that I had a case and worked with me to write up a demand letter to my ex-employer. It took a couple of weeks to get a resolution made with my former employer and we were able to settle the matter out of court.

    Jennifer and her associate attorney, James Hunnicutt, were very responsive to my phone calls and questions and I would highly recommend their services if you’re in need to assistance with an Employment Law issue.

    Annonymous AVVO Review – (see it here)

    Employment discrimination assistance

  • What a pleasure it was working with Mary Scott. She is the definition of a true professional. I was recently needing help with an employment issue and reached out to Mary. Her knowledge and expertise on the matter was superb. She and I discussed the situation and issues, developed a plan of action and she executed the strategy flawlessly. Made several recommendations along the way, held firm with our needs, kept me informed and we were able to get the best possible results. It was a pleasure having you on my side. Thanks, Mary

    Sincerely,

    Jimmy Addison

    What a pleasure it was working with Mary Scott

  • Recently I was shocked by a decision the company I worked for made when they “realigned” and my job of 19 years was eliminated. Mine as well as several others. It seemed as if many above a certain age had become victims of “ageism”. I was not ready for a battle, but I felt I deserved better better coming to me under the circumstances. I was advised to contact Jennifer Spencer by a very good friend. I was so pleased Jennifer could help me because I live in Atlanta, GA and did not know where to turn for legal advice.

    She understood my concerns, offered me excellent advice and proceeded to work with my old company’s lawyer (and then another lawyer when we were re-assigned) to accomplish an agreeable severance package which allows for more breathing room for me and easily pay the very reasonable fees for Spencer Scott pllc. This all took place with in a perfect time frame and I did not have to fly back and forth to Dallas. She stayed in close contact during the entire process.

    This was a painful event, the bonus for me was that Jennifer was able to work with a few of us together. Between Jennifer and my co-workers, I never felt alone.

    I am so thankful and am ready to move on. I would be pleased to recommend Spencer Scott pllc.

    Sincerely,

    Cindy R

    I would be pleased to recommend Spencer Scott pllc

  • I was referred to Jennifer by a couple of people who recommended her for help with my Employment Law issue. I had been recently laid off from a company who told me they were eliminating my position but I found out quite by accident that my position truly wasn’t eliminated, but renamed, and had been back-filled but someone who was younger and of a different race than me (I am over the age of 40). I originally went to the EEOC and they refused to help me so I called Jennifer to see if I had a potential case against my ex-employer. She agreed that I had a case and worked with me to write up a demand letter to my ex-employer. It took a couple of weeks to get a resolution made with my former employer and we were able to settle the matter out of court.
    Jennifer and her associate attorney, James Hunnicutt, were very responsive to my phone calls and questions and I would highly recommend their services if you’re in need to assistance with an Employment Law issue.

    Carolyn

    Employment discrimination assistance

  • I was very pleased with the efficiency of Mr. James Hunnicutt. He took the time to understand my situation and provided the right counsel which resulted in a favorable resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

    Victor S.

    Highly Recommended

  • I just want to say Thank You to Jennifer Spencer at SpencerScott Law Group for her help with a complicated case. The constant communication she had with me was exceptional. She made sure that I was kept informed and everything was going according to plan. I would recommend this Law Group to anyone.

     

    Racheal N Jones

    I would recommend this Law Group to anyone

  • I’m recommending Spencer Scott for legal representation in negotiating a successful outcome for your separation agreement upon layoffs and workforce reductions.  The oil and gas industry has experienced dramatic reductions in staff across all sectors—operations, management, and service companies.  In such economic context, proving age discrimination for the middle age manager becomes a challenge.

    My employer offered the minimum in severance and COBRA, and when I attempted to represent myself in negotiation, they stood firm on their original offer.  Within two weeks of engaging Jennifer Spencer and her able staff, the employer doubled their offering.  This settlement with extended COBRA brought much relief while the industry recovers and begins to rehire as commodity prices stabilize over the next year.

    The decision to retain Jennifer proved the best possible outcome.  With Spencer Scott’s Law timely communications during critical deadlines, I experienced peace of mind and confidence in my counsel.

     

    –P. T.

    Within two weeks of engaging Jennifer Spencer and her able staff, the employer doubled their offering.

  • Jennifer and her crew at Spencer Scott Law, pllc recently provided me with excellent legal representation in my transition away from my former employer.  Her counsel was both sympathetic towards me, and yet firm and assertive with the opposition.  She was able to significantly increase the value of the severance package that was offered by my former employer, while avoiding the need for an invasive, lengthy, and expensive jury trial.  She has my highest recommendation.  MJA

    Significant Increase in Severance

  • It is on extremely rare occasion that I affix my name to the worth, value, or quality of people, products and services. So when I do, one can rest assured that my signature was preceded by in-depth observation and analysis. During the spring of 2016, I found myself in need of a civil attorney to represent me in a wrongful termination/breach of contract matter. I ultimately settled upon Spencer Scott PLLC. I completed the online request for information form, and I received a call from Jennifer Scott within less than three business hours! Once we agreed that she would represent my case, I stood in absolute awe of how she handles business. Attorney Spencer committed to my case as though I were the only client she was representing. She was expedient and passionate in her dealings with my former employer’s attorney. Never for a moment did I have to wonder about the status of my case, because Attorney Spencer consistently kept me updated and in the communication loop. She asked for and valued my opinions, and she never assumed a patronizing or condescending posture with me. Because of Attorney Spencer’s commitment to my case, satisfactory resolution of my case came very quickly. I will (and have) recommend Attorney Spencer to anyone in need of an attorney who functions with excellence, integrity, total commitment, and a “don’t quit until you win” work ethic. Attorney Jennifer Spencer represents. No Need to Look Any Further!
    Patricia B

    No Need to Look Any Further!

  • I was referred to Spencer Scott by a friend and gave them a call with regards to an issue regarding employment and non compete laws. I was terminated in September by a my employer. Although I felt the termination was unfounded, my main concern was my non compete I had signed at the beginning of my employment. I knew I could find another position within my industry but my non compete would prevent me for gaining employment for a period of time. I spoke with attorney Neal Bridges and together we went over the details of my employment, termination, and he reviewed my non compete thoroughly.
    Not only was Mr. Bridges able to get me released from my non compete early, he was also able to get me a severance package due to unlawful termination issues as I am a female and over 50! I was very pleased to not only be able to get back to work in a timely manner but also be compensated for the time and stress out in me by my unforeseen termination.
    Mr, Bridges carefully explained to me the process and kept me updated as to the status of my case and was able to resolve this without a trial and a long drawn out mediation, trial, etc…
    I would recommend Spencer Scott law firm and specifically Neal Bridges.

    Melissa S.

    Compensated for the time and stress

  • I was looking for a lawyer to take my case against my former employer when I found Neal Bridges at Spencer Scott. Neal walked me through everything and was always there to answer any questions I had in a timely manner. He went above and beyond to guide me through my case every step of the way. Neal got me a fair settlement in a timely manner. I would recommend Neal he is a great attorney to work with.

    Tawannah P.

    Went above and beyond to guide me through my case every step of the way

  • I am so impressed with James Hunnicutt from The Spencer Scott Law Firm! He is an excellent attorney! Having practiced employment law for two years when I was first licensed as an attorney in Texas, I was impressed with how quickly and effectively he produced better results than I was able to get. He was on my side and got me fast results that I wasn’t expecting. I highly recommend him and expect that he has many more successes in his future for you!

    Name withheld for privacy.

    I am so impressed with James Hunnicutt from The Spencer Scott Law Firm!

  • There are not enough words to thank Neal Bridges and this firm for getting a settlement from my previous employer. I know had I not hired Neal and this firm I wouldn’t have had a positive result.
    Thank you so very much Neal.
    Sincerely,
    Cindy S.

    Couldn’t Have Done it Without You