Can employer deny a prior employee a copy of their recently signed severance agreement?

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Can employer deny a prior employee a copy of their recently signed severance agreement?

They tell me I am never eligible to return there after signing.

Asked on September 2, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) There is no obligation on the part of one party to a contract to give a copy of the agreement to the other; the second party could certainly refuse to sign unless they get a copy, but once they sign, they lack leverage. If there is a dispute and a legal action is brought to enforce, define, repudiate, etc. the agreement, then there are legal tools (called "discovery") available to get a copy of the agreeement--but those tools are not available outside of litigation.

2) A company is completely within its right to decline to re-employ, rehire, etc. a terminated or former employee, so they company may choose to never let you return after signing the separatio agreement.


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