Layoffs

Severance without signing an NDA

Sephora bAANms
Jan 3

My previous employer laid me off and pressured me to sign an NDA. I chose not to, and by doing so, gave up the severance. The company was trying to bury information that would hurt the company's reputation and financial dealings. My finances were stable so I was able to turn down the severance. A couple other co-workers were laid off in the following weeks and they ended up signing the NDA even though they didn't want to. They needed the money. Has anyone found a legal workaround for a situation like this?

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  • Amazon gemalto
    What was the damning information???
    Jan 30
  • Clover Health doenfh
    Seriously, why wouldn't you blow the whistle if you didn't sign it?!

    Also, to answer your question: of course not! Severance is not required. Neither is an NDA.
    Jan 30
  • Jet.com gtfoorgtfo
    The information isn’t worth anything unless there is a buyer.
    Jan 30
  • Check Point knKA34
    If Sephora has committed a crime, ndas are null and void. MeToo proved that. If you refused the $$ are you contemplating reporting them?
    Jan 32
    • Box monocle
      This is not sound legal advice. Companies can do all sorts of legally questionable things, that does NOT invalidate any NDA. Keep a copy of and stick to your side of legal agreements unless you’ve got money, time, and are lawyered up. In the OP’s original question there were two parts, one about no NDA so we all agree OP should spill, and one about NDA’ed friends also spilling—my point is they should NOT.
      Jan 3
    • UPS Ufgk43
      They should not without consulting a lawyer. Whether or not they should is entirely dependent on a lot of factors we have no idea about.
      Jan 3
  • Okta nfc
    If it was illegal activity, you should report.

    If it was just bad news, don't fuck over your old colleagues.
    Jan 30
  • Oath Atinlay
    No. That’s just dumb. Sign it
    Jan 30
  • Check Point knKA34
    Hey “Monocle” read the original post. He/she refused the money and didn’t sign the paperwork. Have been living under a rock this last year?? It appears so.
    Jan 31
    • Box monocle
      @knKA34 My reply was about your comment “If Sephora has broken the law, your NDA is null and void” - that is horrible, and incorrect advice. I didn’t want anyone assuming that was a good approach. It’s an approach that’ll have you wasting a lot of time and money going back and forth with your ex-company’s lawyers.
      Jan 3
  • Cisco yohellow
    Sign it
    Jan 30
  • Amazon random95
    That makes sense, Sephoras discounts are not as good any more.
    7d1
    • Amazon random95
      Although OP might be talking about not Sephora
      7d
  • Postmates AdaLoveley
    They are difficult to enforce might as well sign it
    Jan 60

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