I was laid off this spring. When I was notified, I was handed a seperation agreement. It said that I would get 2 weeks pay if I agreed to their terms. It said a varierty of things
1. if i did not sign it with in 7 days I would be terminated for cause. it was in the contract
2. I cannot say anything negative about the company
3. I cannot tell anyone about the agreement.
Can they after the fact fire me for cause for not signing their agreement? If I sent them an email and said "I quit, effective immediately" is that binding? I signed it at the time. Since I wanted the whopping two weeks pay.
I work in software and in the DC area, virtually every where you work does a background investigation. I would have to explain a termination to an employer. Refusing to agree to a separation agreement, could actually cost me a job. So I would have to come up with a reason. So this concerns me.
Also about saying negative things about the company. There are 2 issues with this. This is a government contractor. In the past, I have switched companies and ended up helping a new employer bid against a previous employer (they are paying me, so I do what they say).
If we are bidding on a project and my old company goes "hey we are great at this" and I tell the vendor, no they are lousy at it and let me tell you why. This would not be a non-compete since its a new project. could this be considered breach of contract?
is it possible for a previous employer to change my reason for leaving from resign/layoff to terminate for cause after the fact? My concern is they could just do it, I won't know about it. I am not sure how I would find out about it. If I did, I'd have to pay to sue them.
Also, does reporting unethical behavior they did at a federal government site to the federal government considered breech of contract? Since I can't say anything negative about them?
When I worked there. There was a guy on the team (and we were onsite at the government). Who didn't do any work. He watched videos all day long and talked to his friends on the phone. He was hired because his father worked for the government and project managed another of the companies project. Note, that he was a contractor, so he was paid by the government and then the contract company took a chunk of it. Its not like he was on overhead. The manager lied to cover for him for a while, until the client said to get rid of him. The whole team knew about this and we talked about it in whispers. I was concerned that the government could throw the whole company out and fire all of us if they found out.
I have thought about reporting them.