Am I entitled to any severance package according to the jurisprudence ?

I am a French citizen and a Green Card holder here in the US.
I ve been working as a sales executive with the same company, a French Software House for the past 8 years :
2 years in France
2 years in England
2 years in Australia
2 years in Chicago.
But prior to my transfer to Chicago, the company refused to keep my French employment contract and forced me to sign a new local US contract with their branch, with just a month of notice period.
Today they are considering to fire me and to hire an American citizen here in Chicago.
Is the company I am working for allowed to not pay me anything ?
What can I expect? Do you advise me to sue them if they refuse to pay anything?
Thank you in advance


1 answer  |  asked Oct 27, 2003 1:16 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

Answers (1)

Aaron Maduff
Am I entitled to any severance package according to the jurisprudence ?

The law does not require them to give you severance. However, most companies will do so and ask you to waive any legal claims in exchange. In addition, it sounds as though they are discriminating against you because of your national origin, French. A major part of our practice is negotiating severance packages as it is for many employment lawyers. You don't have to sue them to get severance, but you may have claims against them. You should contact us or one of the other fine employment lawyers in Illinois here.
Aaron Maduff

posted by Aaron Maduff  |  Oct 31, 2003 03:09 AM [EST]

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