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Severance Agreements for Employees

Stockton Law Firm Provides Detailed Analyses of Severance Agreements

California attorney helps terminated employees evaluate their options

Losing a job can be incredibly stressful. The emotional and financial pressure you face is not conducive to making careful long-term legal decisions. Yet this is when many dismissed employees are presented with severance agreements where payment is offered in exchange for a waiver of your legal rights. If this happens to you, Law Offices of Mark S. Adams will evaluate potential claims against your employer so that you can have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

Thorough Stockton counselor assesses potential claims

To determine whether a severance payment compensates you fairly, you need to understand the likelihood of a successful lawsuit against your employer. Our California attorney can quickly evaluate potential legal actions and what you might be able to recover by alleging:

  • Discrimination based on age, sex, religion or membership in another group protected under federal or state law
  • Violation of an employment contract
  • Refusal of an employer to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Consideration you will receive for executing a noncompete agreement
  • Unlawful retaliation for reporting employer misconduct

Our knowledge of state law and compensation obtained by plaintiffs in similar situations is crucial to an informed decision as to whether the severance payment is adequate.

Lawyer protecting your rights under California employment law

A severance agreement can be challenged even if you’ve already signed it and received the payments. Illegal acts cannot be justified by terms in a severance agreement, and unreasonable concessions are not usually enforceable. Many courts recognize that dismissed workers are often desperate for payments and might have signed away their legal rights under duress. If you believe you were unfairly coerced, we can advise you as to whether you can reopen the matter.

Reach out to our lawyer for comprehensive advice on severance agreements.

Contact Law Offices of Mark S. Adams online or at 209-481-3485 to schedule a consultation with a thorough California employment law attorney who can help you determine whether signing or challenging a severance agreement is in your best interest.

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  • "In a 2006 case in a San Joaquin County Superior Court case entitled the Chargin v. Stockton Port District. Mr. Adams was hired by the Port Commission as trial counsel in what turned out to be a three month jury trial involving nineteen plaintiffs who claimed 7.5 million dollars in damages resulting from the Port’s alleged maintenance of a nuisance. The jury returned 38 defense verdicts on behalf of Mr. Adams’ client."

  • "Mr. Adams again represented the Stockton Port District in Federal District Court in Sacramento and obtained a $600,000 settlement against one of the Port’s insurance carriers, CNA who denied a covered claim."

  • "In 2017 he settled a case against an insurance company for the Policy Limit of $250,000 for a man struck by a truck in a parking lot aggravating his depression and fibromyalgia."

  • "In 2018 he settled an age discrimination case for $200,000 against a large Ag equipment dealer."

Testimonials
  • "FANTASTIC AND I WILL TELL YOU WHYMark has been my lawyer for two separate cases. When the second work related incident occurred, I didn’t hesitate to call Mark.Mark is very sensitive to issues that need a soft touch. Going through what I was I did not want an out of touch in-compassionate lawyer. I appreciated his approach.He always “showed up”. Emails were sent and received promptly, he was always easy to get a hold of and most importantly never said he was going to do anything he didn’t do. I never felt like I was “just another client”Lastly, his experience was extensive. He communicated in a way that was easy to understand. I didn't have to deal with the legal jargon as with other lawyers." - Jessica 09/06/17

  • "Great employment lawyer!I did my research and I found Mr. Adams. He helped me with my case. I was always kept updated and responded quickly with any questions. He represented me very well and I would recommend to friends and family or anybody who wants a great lawyer with experience." - Jose 08/28/17

  • "Pregnancy discrimination etc...Mark, was awesome he was honest caring, efficient. When no other attorney wanted my case he was the only one who actually cared about my case. I thank him so much because i was ready to give up, i must mention i was not a easy client. He got me settlement i agreed to. Thanks Mark your the best and i highly recommend this attorney." - Latoya Brumfield 03/09/17

  • "Wrongful TerminationMark took my case when I was turned by three other attorneys. This was my first experience in dealing with an attorney, and I want to say that working with Mark made it much easier than I expected.He kept me fully informed at all times. He was very professional, dedicated, and hard working.My case was settled after 1-1/2 years due to Mark's hard work." - Anonymous 03/03/15

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