RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette

Subject: RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <SGallagher -at- akonix -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 15:42:24 -0700

>
> If you signed such an agreement, then you are bound by it...

Actually no, that's not the case. While I am not a lawyer and do
not play one on TV, an EEOC employee explained it to me this way:

You cannot sign away your rights. If an employer requires that
you sign such an agreement as a condition of employment, your
signing is considered to be under duress and the agreement is
void.

Employers know this, but they require you to sign the agreement
anyway. Most of them figure that you don't know any better, so
will abide by the agreement. It's a "nothing ventured; nothing
gained" attitude.

-swg

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