If I was given a seperation agreement stating I give them a full release from all claims or charges relating to my employment, can I still file for unemployment?

Should I sign this agreement? The verbiage is I release xxx a full and final release in settlement of any and all claims or charges relating to your employment and your seperation

Asked on June 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes.  You don't lose your unemployment benefit by signing.  You lose the right to sue them.  The unemployment insurance system is separate.  However, if you are uncomfortable with signing it, then write in the margin or have them modify it to read: "full and final release in settlement of any and all claims or charges relating to your employment and separation, with the exception of unemployment insurance benefits and claims."

But, even if you sign it the way it is, you should be fine.


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