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Am I Entitled to Severance Pay?

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Generally speaking, most employees are not entitled to severance pay, and that’s because under Florida law severance is a gift. You could consult with your local labor and employee law lawyer to see if you’ve had any rights violated, wage and hour violations, been a victim of discrimination or some type of retaliation, and that might be used as a basis to help negotiate for severance.

Also, larger companies in particular have policies that reward employees for longevity, so one week for every year employed if you’re terminated without cause. You should consult first with your human resources department. Get a handle on your policy that the company offers, and then, second, go to an lawyer to see if maybe you might have other rights outside of the employment policies to see if you’re entitled to severance.

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