Can I make a claim for unpaid wages after I already signed a severance release?

I have been working two management roles as an exempt employee for five months, but only receiving my normal salary for only one management role. I am now involuntarily leaving under a massive lay off, and they want me to sign away my rights to sue them for unpaid wages. Am I able to sign to get my severance package and then sue for the unpaid wages? The unpaid wages is a lot more than what I would receive under the severance package.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 8, 2017 12:27 PM [EST]  |  applies to New Jersey

Answers (1)

Jonathan Nirenberg
It might be possible to sign the severance agreement and still pursue a claim for unpaid wages -- I would need more information to be able to evaluate how likely that is. However, I would highly recommend that you talk to an employment lawyer before you decide whether to accept the severance offer.

posted by Jonathan Nirenberg  |  Mar 8, 2017 1:35 PM [EST]

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