Separation Agreement and filing for unemployment

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Separation Agreement and filing for unemployment

I have a separation agreement that states I release the company from
any and all charges, complaints, claims, liabilities, obligations,
damages, causes of action, suits, demands, expenses whatsoever.

Does this mean I cannot file for unemployment in Arizona?

Asked on February 13, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, it does not bar unemployment. Private contracts or agreements cannot overrule the law or deprive you of rights given to you by statutes (laws). Your right to unemployment is given to you by law and may not be taken away by this agreement. What it means is you can't sue the employer, such as for having underpaid you in the past, for having somehow caused an injury, for having defamed you, for wrongful termination, etc.


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