Severance Pay

Do I as and fired employee have the right to sue for severance pay? I was fired due to the fact my husband was fired the day before.

1 answer  |  asked Feb 16, 2004 12:04 PM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Christopher Ezold
No general right to severance pay.

Before I answer your question, I must state that we have not spoken and that I do not represent you.

That being said, there is no general right to severance pay in Pennsylvania. Employees only have a right to severance pay if they have an employment contract including severance pay in its terms. Further, the policies and procedures of an employer generally do not create a contractual relationship; therefore, even if the employer's policies and procedures include severance pay provisions, the employer generally does not have to follow them.

I cannot provide a more specific answer to your question, as there are a number of questions left unanswered by your scenario. If you wish to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me.

/Christopher E. Ezold/
Nancy O'Mara Ezold, P.C.
401 City Line Avenue,
Suite 904
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 660-5585

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  Feb 17, 2004 08:19 AM [EST]

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