Do I have to sign termination papers from an employer if I was fired?

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Do I have to sign termination papers from an employer if I was fired?

Also, do I still get my last check if I do not sign?

Asked on May 15, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) No--you never need to or are required to sign anything. Singing is voluntary. If they want you to sign, they have to make it worth your while, such as by offering you severance.
2) They have to provide you last paycheck no matter what--you must be paid for all work done up to when your employment ended, and they may not condition receiving your check on siging the papers. If they don't provide you your last check, you can file a complaint with the state department of labor or sue (e.g. in small claims court) for the money.


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