David Angueira discusses a few common interactions that employees will have with their employer and what to look out for when they occur. Oftentimes, employees will sign contracts, agreements and miscellaneous documents from their employee blindly not realizing that  they have signed away the rights and locked themselves into an agreement that they can’t get out of.


These documents can be presented to an employee casually and may appear harmless in the moment, but should a dispute occur or a termination that is when the issues arise.

  1. Arbitration Provisions – Watch out for Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in your employee contract or employee handbook. If you have a dispute with your employer about your employment, you lose all of your legal rights to go to the court of law. You have to dispute these matters at an arbitration at your cost.
  2. Compete Clauses – Be wary if you have a non-compete provision in your contract as that can hurt future employment opportunities should you decide to work for a new company. Your old employer can claim that skills that you developed on your volition at your job cannot be applied at your new job and therefore you cannot work for that new company. Those non-compete provisions can create these very issues.
  3. Severance Packages – Never sign a severance agreement until you talk to a lawyer. These documents are loaded with legal traps and loopholes that will benefit the employer and can hurt you as an employee. You could be signing away your legal rights for a severance check that appears to be a fair compensation, when in fact you could be entitled to a lot more.

Employment Litigation encompasses many different types of disputes between employees and employers. Claims arising in the workplace include wrongful termination; termination of health plan, pension, and other employee benefits; refusal to pay wages owed; breach of contracts with employees; and termination of an employee under whistle blower circumstances.


If you believe you have been discriminated against or your rights as an employee have been otherwise violated, and would like to speak with an employment litigation attorney, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. To learn more about what we can do for you, arrange an appointment with one of the employment litigation attorneys in our Boston office by calling (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. We will pass your contact information to an appropriate member of our staff.