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Severance Negotiations

New York City Severance Negotiations Lawyer

New York employment lawyer Steven Mitchell Sack has represented thousands of fired executives, officers, managers, owners, and employees to recover:

  • Severance
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Medical Benefits
  • Retraining and Outplacement Benefits

Offers of Severance Pay

Although there is generally no legal obligation to pay severance monies, most employers in the United States do offer such payments when a firing is due to a group layoff, business conditions outside the employee’s control (such as reorganization), or reasons other than employee misconduct. However, there may be a legal obligation to pay severance when:

  • You have a written contract stating that severance will be paid
  • Oral promises are given regarding severance pay
  • The employer voluntarily promises to pay severance
  • The employer has a policy of paying severance and this is documented in a company manual or employee handbook
  • The employer has paid severance to other employees in similar firings and thereby has created a precedent

If you are fired and are not offered severance, it is advisable to request a meeting with a qualified representative of the employer to discuss clarification regarding severance and available wage equivalents. Many employers are fearful of the increasing amount of employee-related litigation and are flexible in easing the departure of terminated individuals. Thus, you should begin the discussion by appealing to corporate decency and fair play. For example, it might be stated that severance pay is needed because you anticipate it will take longer to find a suitable job than the amount of severance currently offered. Always be polite and act professionally; being vindictive or making threats won’t solve anything.

Most employers have different policies regarding severance depending on the industry and company. However, it is recommended that you attempt to receive one month of severance for every year worked as a starting point. If this can be achieved, you can leave the company knowing that you have received a fair severance offer. Although severance pay is a common problem for individual employees whose employment has been terminated, the extensive merger and acquisition activity in recent years has caused the issue of severance pay to become one of large-scale financial and legal significance. If your company is sold and you continue to work for the new employer, you may be able to assert rights under ERISA and welfare benefit plans in the event the new employer denies severance to a group of workers at a later date.

Additionally, you may have grounds for a valid lawsuit in the event you have a vested pension but are fired just weeks short of becoming entitled to greater severance, larger monthly pension payments, and improved medical and insurance benefits.

Cases demonstrate the responsibility of employers to comply with all pension laws and ERISA regarding severance when a business is sold or when company policy has created an expectation that the purchasing company will continue an established severance policy crediting employees with prior years of service from the selling company.

If you begin working for a new employer who ceases business operations (i.e., declares bankruptcy) within a relatively short period of time after the hiring, you may have a valid claim of severance from the selling company under certain conditions.

Courts are beginning to recognize the rights of employees to severance in many situations, particularly when there is a massive layoff or group sale of assets due to a merger or acquisition.

STRATEGY: You should not automatically acquiesce to a denial of benefits if you are fired and not offered severance, whatever your particular situation. Most workers are now receiving severance when they are fired; others are negotiating and receiving greater severance than the company’s first offer. Statistics from Steven Mitchell Sack’s law practice support this.

 

Releases

Always be cautious if the employer asks you to sign a release. Generally, releases extinguish potential claims. Employees sometimes voluntarily sign such documents when they are fired, without fully understanding the ramifications of such an act. Later they regret taking such action after consulting a lawyer and learning they forfeited valuable rights without receiving much in return.

Since you may be out of luck if you sign such a document, consider the following strategies whenever you are asked to sign a release:

1. NEVER SIGN A RELEASE UNLESS YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE COMPANY’S OFFER. This is reasonable because you should never relinquish a potentially valuable right without obtaining something of value in return.

2. READ THE RELEASE CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING IT. Most releases are complicated documents. Many have settlement agreements, releases, waivers, and nondisclosure provisions all rolled into one document.

For example, what exactly does the release say? Are you prohibited from telling others about the terms of your settlement? This is referred to as a “gag order” provision. Many employers insert gag order clauses into releases that require all settlement monies to be forfeited and returned in the event you reveal the terms of the settlement to others. Obviously, you should question this provision and avoid signing it if possible.

Does the release prohibit you from working for a competitor or starting a competing business? Without such a clause you are free to work for the employer of your choosing. This is a valuable right that should never be given up easily.

3. NEGOTIATE ADDITIONAL CLAUSES FOR YOUR PROTECTION. First, make sure the release will be null and void if any monies due under the agreement are not paid. Second, include a guarantee that obligates the parent company to pay all remaining sums due under the agreement in the event a subsidiary corporation becomes bankrupt, insolvent, or fails for any reason to pay the amount due. These are examples of the kinds of points to consider and implement in your agreement.

4. OBTAIN MUTUAL RELEASES WHERE APPROPRIATE. Try to get the employer to give you a release whenever you are giving one to the employer. This is because you want to be sure that the employer can never sue you at a later time for something you did.

5. SPEAK TO A LAWYER IMMEDIATELY WHENEVER THE EMPLOYER REQUESTS THAT YOU SIGN A RELEASE. Not understanding the consequences of their actions, people often waive important rights by signing such agreements. For example, you may be waiving valuable claims based on discrimination, breach of contract, unfair discharge, or additional commissions or other monies owed. Never sign such a release until you are knowledgeable about all potential rights that you are giving up.

The cover letter and releases beginning on page 255 illustrate the kinds of documents you may be requested to sign depending on your particular circumstances.

A competent lawyer can also take other practical steps for your protection. For example, he or she can insist that the release be held in escrow until all sums due under the agreement have been paid. This means that the employer could not rely on the signed release until it had fully performed all of the obligations required by the release. This is important and should never be overlooked.

STRATEGY: If you believe that you signed a release under conditions of fraud, duress, or mistake, it can be rescinded in special cases if you act promptly. Although it is generally difficult to overturn a release, always consult a lawyer immediately if you believe you were tricked into signing one.

One client, an African-American woman over 40, once found herself in such a situation. She thought that she was fired illegally because of her race and age. She was told to sign a release in order to receive severance. But the release she signed was quite short (just a few sentences) and was not artfully drafted. For example, the release did not say that she had 21 days to review it, that she could revoke it up to seven days after signing, or that she had the right to consult a lawyer.

When she met with me, I told her that she had received very little in return for signing the document. I also advised her that she had a decent chance of fighting the release on legal technical terms because it was drafted so poorly.

The woman hired me to contact the company and negotiate a better package. Through my efforts, I was able to disallow the release and get her another $8,000 in severance. In hindsight, the company probably thought that $8,000 wasn’t worth a lawsuit and the poor publicity and wasted manpower that go along with it.

Finally, recognize your rights with respect to releases under the federal Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA). The act makes it clear that, in relation to a firing or a resignation of a worker over 40, a company can protect itself from potential violations of ADEA claims by utilizing waivers, provided:

1. The waiver is part of an agreement that specifically states the worker is waiving ADEA rights and is not merely a general release;

2. The agreement containing the waiver does not disclaim any rights or claims arising after the date of its execution;

3. The worker receives value (such as an extra month of severance) in exchange for signing the agreement;

4. The worker is advised in writing of the right to consult an attorney of his or her choosing before signing the agreement;

5. The worker is advised in writing of his or her right to consider the agreement for a period of 21 days before it is effective; and

6. The worker is given at least seven days following the execution of the agreement to revoke it.

When employers request the signing of releases or waivers in connection with mass termination programs and large-scale voluntary retirement programs, the act is even more strict. All individuals in the program must be given at least 45 days to consider the agreement, and each employee must also be provided with numerous facts, such as the class, unit, or group of individuals covered by the program, any eligibility factors for the program, time limits applicable to the program, the job titles and ages of all individuals selected for the program, and the ages of all individuals not eligible for the program.

A benefit of the OWBPA is that all voluntary early retirement programs are now scrutinized closely to determine that there is no chance of threat, intimidation, or coercion to the worker to whom the benefit is offered. Older employees must now be given sufficient time to consider the offer and receive accurate and complete information regarding benefits.

Ask a lawyer to advise you of your rights if you are asked to sign a complicated waiver that you believe does not comply with the requirements of this law.

Finally, as previously stated, the federal Older Workers Benefit Protection Act codifies existing law by providing that an older worker may not waive rights or claims of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act unless the waiver is clear, voluntarily signed, part of an agreement where additional severance pay, early retirement benefits, or other monies are given, and the individual is given at least 21 days to consider the agreement containing such a waiver and seven days to change his or her mind after he or she signs it. Speak to a lawyer to advise you of your rights if you are asked to sign a complicated waiver that you believe does not comply with the requirements of this law.

 

Summary of Things to Know if Your Job is in Jeopardy

1. It may be illegal for a company to fire you to deprive you of large commissions, vested pension rights, a year-end bonus, or other expected financial benefits.

2. It may be illegal for a company to fire you after returning from an illness, pregnancy, or jury duty.

3. It may be illegal to fire you for complaining about a safety violation or other wrongdoing.

4. It may be illegal to fire you in a manner inconsistent with company handbooks, manuals, written contracts, and disciplinary rules.

5. It may be illegal to fire you if the decision to fire you is motivated, in whole or in part, by your age (if you are between 40 and 70), your race or ethnicity, or your gender.

6. It may be illegal to fire a large number of workers and/or close a plant without giving at least 60 days’ notice or 60 days’ severance pay.

7. It may be illegal to fire you if you received a verbal promise of job security or other rights that the company failed to fulfill.

8. It may be illegal to fire a long-term worker when the “punishment does not fit the crime” and other workers were not similarly treated, particularly if you are over 40, belong to a protected minority group, or are a female.

9. If you signed a written contract, reread it. Review what it says about termination, because if the company fails to act according to the contract, your rights may be violated.

10. Try to make copies of all pertinent documents in your personnel file while working. If you have received excellent performance reviews and appraisals and the file indicates you received merit salary increases, you may be able to use this information to successfully negotiate more severance than the company is offering.

11. Refuse the company’s offer to resign whenever possible. This is because if you resign you may be waiving your claim to unemployment and other severance benefits.

12. Avoid accepting the company’s first offer of severance. Stall for time. By doing so, you can increase the chances of obtaining more severance pay and other post-termination financial benefits than the company initially offered.

Finally, as with the other recommendations in this book, the above 12 strategies are merely suggestions and are not intended to be legal advice per se. Therefore, always seek competent legal advice where warranted.

 

Summary of Negotiating Strategies to Maximize Severance Pay and Retirement Benefits

1. Generally, there is no legal obligation for a company to pay severance unless you have a written contract stating that severance will be paid, oral promises are given regarding severance pay, there is a documented policy of paying severance in a company manual or handbook, the employer voluntarily offers to pay severance, or other employees in similar positions have received severance pay in the past.

2. If you are fired, request an additional negotiating session to discuss your severance package.

3. Stall for time and try not to accept the company’s first offer.

4. Appeal to corporate decency and fair play at the initial meeting. For example, it is better to say, “I am 58 years old and have to pay for two children in college right now, and your offer of just four weeks’ severance will probably put me on the road to financial ruin, since it is unlikely that I can find another comparable job in four weeks,” rather than, “If you don’t pay me more money, I will sue.”

5. Recognize that by asking for many (e.g., 15) financial and other post-termination benefits you may be able to get the company to settle for some (e.g., five).

6. Confirm all arrangements in writing to document the final deal of severance and post-termination benefits; do not accept the company’s promise that “everything will work out.”

7. Insist on receiving more money and other benefits before signing any release or waiver of age discrimination claims.

8. Do not rely on promises from the company that you will receive a favorable job reference. Rather, draft your own favorable letter of reference and get an officer or your supervisor to sign the letter of reference before you depart.

9. Do not be intimidated or forced into early retirement. Recognize that you may have rights, particularly if your early retirement causes you to lose large, expected financial benefits.

10. Be cautious when the employer asks you to sign a release, because you may be waiving valuable rights and benefits in the process.

11. Never resign from a job unless absolutely necessary. If you are given the choice between resigning or being fired, get fired.

12. Select the most favorable or sympathetic person at the company to initially negotiate the deal with.

13. Go above him or her if you don’t achieve what you’re seeking.

14. Never be pressured by the employer into signing a release or making a fast decision.

15. Be persistent; don’t become demoralized.

16. Know your rights, ask questions, and demand answers.

17. Have a game plan in place to help you get what you want.

18. Rehearse what you will say and why it is fair for you to get a better package.

19. Consider early retirement options or other ways to keep you on the payroll such as working freelance or as a consultant where appropriate.

20. Analyze the tax aspects of any settlement.

21. Negotiate for nontaxable benefits or convert unneeded benefits (such as outplacement assistance) into more severance pay when practicable.

Finally, since the above 21 strategies are merely suggestions and are not intended to be legal advice per se, always seek competent legal advice where warranted.

 

Summary of Negotiating Tips

Wages (Also Referred To As Salary Continuation)

1. Try to stay on the payroll as long as possible.

2. Negotiate for the employer to continue to provide medical, dental, and hospitalization coverage (paid for by the employer) while you are receiving severance wages.

3. Avoid arrangements where you are offered severance for a specified period (e.g., six months) that automatically ceases when you obtain a new job. Rather, make the offer non-contingent on new employment or arrange that differential severance will be paid in a lump sum if you obtain a new job prior to the expiration of the severance period. (For example, arrange that three months’ worth of severance will be paid in a lump sum if a new job is obtained three months before the six months of salary continuation expires.)

4. If severance pay is to be paid in a lump sum, consider asking for it immediately, not in installments over time.

5. Recognize that if you receive salary continuation rather than a lump sum payment, you may be ineligible in some states for unemployment benefits until the salary continuation payments cease; thus, consider the benefits of a lump sum payment rather than extended salary continuation where warranted.

6. Avoid accepting the employer’s first offer: negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

7. Attempt to receive at least four weeks’ severance for every year of employment.

Other Compensation

1. If you have relocated recently at the request of the employer, try to obtain additional relocation allowances.

2. Discuss accrued vacation pay, overtime, and unused sick pay. Be sure you are paid for these items.

3. If you were fired without notice, ask for two additional weeks of salary in lieu of the employer’s lack of notice.

4. If commissions are due or about to become due, insist that you be paid immediately; do not waive these expected benefits.

Bonus

1. Understand how your bonus is computed.

2. If you were entitled to receive a bonus at the end of the year, ask for it now.

3. Argue that the firing deprived you of the right to receive the bonus if the employer refuses to pay; or,

4. Insist that your bonus be prorated according to the amount of time you worked during the year if this argument is rejected.

Pension And Profit-Sharing Benefits

1. Ask for details regarding the nature of your benefits. Under federal law, you are entitled to an accurate, written description of all benefits.

2. Be aware of all plans, funds, and programs that may have been established on your behalf.

3. If you are fired just before the vesting of a pension (e.g., two months before the vesting date), argue that the timing of the firing is suspect and that public policy requires the employer to grant your pension. If the employer refuses, consult an experienced lawyer immediately.

4. Demand a copy of the employer’s pension and/or profit-sharing plans from the plan administrator if the employer refuses to furnish you with accurate details. (You may have to pay for the cost of photocopying.)

5. Contact the plan administrator immediately to protect your rights if your claim is denied or if you have not received a proper accounting or payment of your retirement benefits from your employer.

Other Benefits

1. Request continued use of an office, secretary, telephone, or mail facilities to assist you in your job search, if appropriate.

2. Consider requesting a loan to tide you over while looking for a new job, if appropriate.

3. Consider requesting continued use of your company car or ask to buy the car or take over the lease at a reduced rate, if appropriate.

4. Request that the employer pay for outplacement guidance, career counseling, and resume preparation services including typing and incidental expenses, if appropriate.

Medical, Dental, And Hospitalization Coverage

1. Does coverage stop the day you are fired, or is there a grace period? Ask for a copy of the applicable policy.

2. Can you extend coverage beyond the grace period?

3. Be sure to have your benefits explained to you if you do not understand them.

4. Can you assume the policy at a reduced personal cost? This is sometimes referred to as a conversion policy.

5. If you are married and your spouse is working, you may be covered under your spouse’s policy. If so, do you want to continue paying for your own policy?

6. Be sure the employer has notified you regarding your rights under COBRA.

Life Insurance

1. Can you convert the policy to your benefit at your own cost? Don’t forget to inquire about this.

2. Is there any equity in the employer’s life insurance plan that accrues to you upon termination? Inquire about this and ask for a copy of all policies presently in effect.

Your Cover Story

1. Clarify how the news of your departure will be announced. Discuss and agree with management on the story to be told to outsiders.

2. Consider whether you want it to be known that you resigned for personal reasons or that you were terminated due to a “business reorganization.” These are neutral explanations that are preferable to firings for misconduct or poor performance.

3. Recognize that if you resign, you may be forfeiting unemployment benefits. Thus, avoid resigning wherever possible. Although you may prefer that outsiders be told you resigned for personal reasons, confirm with the employer that you will be able to apply for unemployment benefits. That way your local Department of Labor will be advised that there was a termination (as opposed to a resignation, since this is what really happened) and you can still tell outsiders you resigned.

4. Request that a copy of a favorable letter of recommendation be given to you before you leave the company. The letter should state the dates of your employment, the positions held, and that you performed all of your job duties in a diligent and satisfactory fashion. If possible, the letter should be signed by a qualified officer or supervisor who worked with you and knows you well. Do not rely on promises that the employer will furnish prospective employers with a favorable recommendation, since many fail to do this after employees leave the company. Thus, always attempt to have such a letter in hand before you leave.

5. Request that key members of the company be notified of your departure in writing. If possible, approve the contents of such a memo before distribution. Written memos can dispel false rumors about your termination. A positive memo may assist you in obtaining a new job. Remember, news of a firing usually spreads rapidly; you don’t want to be the subject of false rumors or innuendo.

Golden Parachutes

1. Determine if you are entitled to receive additional benefits under a severance contract or golden parachute.

2. Speak to an experienced employment attorney immediately to protect your rights if the employer refuses to provide all the benefits specified in your contract.

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    Luis Quiroga
    18:22 19 Dec 19
    I hired Steven for an offer negotiation. I was a bit reluctant in working with a lawyer since I'd never hired one for that purpose. I met with Steve and he put me at ease. He was able to clearly articulate the legal concerns and was very transparent about how he would go about it and the likely fees. He helped me get terms that exceeded my expectations. He delivered. I would highly recommend Steven Sack!
    Henry Fong
    Henry Fong
    13:14 09 Nov 19
    Mr. Steven Sack is a consummate trusted professional. I felt comfortable disclosing my personal work matters to him from the moment we met. He is honest, direct, caring, and serious about his work.Mr. Sack communicates efficiently and quickly responds to calls and emails. It was my pleasure working with him and I highly recommend his services.
    Andrea Cody
    Andrea Cody
    13:03 01 Nov 19
    Steven is one of the most caring people I have encountered. He is not only concerned on getting a fair settlement, his compassion for his clients goes above and beyond.He was in contact with us straight through the process and followed up on all emails and phone calls instantly. He is honest, compassionate and has integrity. This is exactly what you would want when you ask someone to represent you.
    DLO
    DLO
    00:53 26 Oct 19
    Laura Cesarano
    Laura Cesarano
    00:31 15 Oct 19
    Mr. Sack was the absolute best. He worked with me and guided me through the entire process, returned my phone calls and emails promptly no matter how busy he was. I never felt rushed and always knew he took the time to listen and advise. He was incredibly fast and efficient. If you’re searching for a lawyer in this area, he is by far the best in the business. I couldn’t thank him enough, I highly recommend him as he is a true professional
    Charles McLean
    Charles McLean
    16:02 05 Oct 19
    I was very glad to have Steven's counsel as I navigated a recent job transition. Steve is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in employment matters, and his advice is always straightforward and on the mark. He's also a great guy and a pleasure to work with. I recommend Steve Sack highly to anyone looking to negotiate a fair deal with their employer.
    D B
    D B
    23:12 14 Aug 19
    Steven was very thorough and helpful on a recent severance agreement I needed to review and negotiate. He was knowledgeable and easy to work with. I was happy with the results at the end. He is great to work with.
    principessa xu
    principessa xu
    22:25 15 Jul 19
    He is very dedicated and good at what he does. Mr. Sack is very professional and provide honest and trust worthy opinion.
    alex jones
    alex jones
    19:15 14 Jul 19
    His knowledge, experience and integrity made our interactions comforting. Always honest, eager, responsive and I'd confidently recommend.
    Scott Holodak
    Scott Holodak
    17:41 21 Jun 19
    Heidi Kunze
    Heidi Kunze
    17:51 13 Jun 19
    I cannot say enough good things about Steven. He is my absolute hero. After being laid off from a job of 14 years, I was devastated, confused and afraid of my future. Steven immediately made me feel at ease. He got right back to me and always kept me up to date on what was going on with my case. It was a complicated case and my previous employers were tough. But Steven fought for every penny for me and got me more than they originally offered. He was clear and always honest. He is a straight shooter and never tried to “over-sell” what he could do for me. HIRE HIM NOW. You will not be disappointed and he will fight for you. Steven is a true gem.
    Mandy Ubinas
    Mandy Ubinas
    19:25 12 Jun 19
    I was a superintendent in the bronx for 30 years when my boss thought i was not cost effective any longer. I was being let go and had nothing to fall back on. I reluctantly went to steven sack but i read about him and his firm and decided to try and I'm so glad I did. I was introduced to andrew sack who took over my case he got me a fair severance and treated me with compassion and they were very straight forward with me. I'm just a blue collor worker,but it's so reassuring to know we have someone that looks out for us. Thank you so much steven, and Andrew sack for making me feel like I'm important.
    Shalisha Alston
    Shalisha Alston
    00:30 01 Jun 19
    Steven Mitchell Sack is an incredible attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in the field of employment law, is confident, but not cocky, and he's honest about what you're up against, even if you don't like what he has to say. He is kind, caring, and compassionate too. Mr. Sack always returns calls promptly, does what he says he's going to do, and is super affordable. This man is a godsend. I am extraordinarily happy with my results! I highly recommend him to anyone.
    Nina Nadash
    Nina Nadash
    15:52 08 May 19
    You will have a definite sense of security with the services of Steven M. Sack. Attentive, caring and quick results are what we all desire and which he capably and efficiently delivers for negotiating separation agreements. Reasonably priced attentions and solutions.
    Marcia Resnick
    Marcia Resnick
    14:17 21 Mar 19
    Steve Sack was a pleasure to work and I felt very confident having him represent me in my negotiations. He was honest, attentive, quick and very responsive. We accomplished what we had set out to much quicker then I ever anticipated. He exceeded my expectations both in terms of experience and outcome. I will work with him again in the future and highly recommend him for any employment related issues.
    Michael Gross
    Michael Gross
    11:22 09 Mar 19
    Steven Sack is an exceptional lawyer - he took on my challenging employment situation and won more money for me. He understands how to negotiate with companies and how to get more for employees who deserve it. He actually seems to care about his clients and wants to take care of them at a time when they’ve gone through a rough patch.Also, his economics are very fair and are risk free for the employees.Lastly, when I got a new job, Steven reviewed my contract for free and helped make sure that I was better protected this time around.I highly recommend Steven and if ever anything comes up again, I will go back to him.
    Lindsey Brown
    Lindsey Brown
    23:42 28 Feb 19
    Steve was an absolute pleasure to work with and I felt extremely lucky to have him represent me during my employment agreement negotiations. Steve made me comfortable from day 1, clearly setting out the goal and possibilities all while putting his outstanding knowledge of employment law on full display. He clearly and promptly responded to all questions and concerns. I felt like a very important client - he kept to his word and carried every deliverable.I had such a positive experience and would highly recommend Steve Sack as an employment attorney.
    Peter Witt
    Peter Witt
    00:42 26 Feb 19
    Steven was great to work with, he really knows his stuff. He was attentive, honest and there were no surprises. I highly recommend his services.
    Peter Witt
    Peter Witt
    00:34 26 Feb 19
    Steven was great to work with, he really knows his stuff. He was attentive, honest and there were no surprises. I highly recommend his services.
    marybeth poandl
    marybeth poandl
    18:23 18 Feb 19
    Highly recommend for employment related issues. I found Steven to be knowledgeable, professional and honest. He did exactly what he saidhe would do.
    E Zimmer
    E Zimmer
    17:35 31 Jan 19
    Highly recommend for any employment related issues. Practical, professional, straight forward, and no nonsense.
    Cindy Hecht
    Cindy Hecht
    20:52 04 Jan 19
    Mr. Sack is a very proactive attorney who will take your case, even if it is small. My sister is currently using him and he has been a pleasure to deal with and tells you the truth. He doesn't try to fill your head with illusions of grandeur
    Adi Bedi
    Adi Bedi
    21:23 06 Dec 18
    I recently had the opportunity to work with Steven Sack and was greatly impressed by his dedication, compassion and knowledge. He was a pleasure to work with and is cost effective and a thorough gentleman. Highly recommend.
    Jakal42400
    Jakal42400
    13:13 23 Nov 18
    Steven Sack was an extremely professional attorney. And while the situation may not have been exactly what I wanted to hear, he was truthful and to the point about my position. To me, that is what you want from your attorney, professional guidance.
    Ezra Evans
    Ezra Evans
    14:47 23 Oct 18
    Steven is a very helpful and passionate attorney. I was very pleased with his consultation and as a result hired Steven to negotiate my separation agreement. Steven also did not charge me anything extra. I only was charged for the consultation, though I thought Steven's services were excellent. Happy to refer his services to anyone in need as his passionate to help workers was extremely helpful in putting my mind at ease.
    Nancy Golden
    Nancy Golden
    01:11 06 Oct 18
    Steven Sack delivers. He is knowledgeable and direct. He listens. He understands. He is compassionate. He is responsive. Steven is always accessible by phone, by email. He told me exactly what he was going to do and why. Steven then did everything he said he was going to do! I highly recommend Steven's services.
    Marcos Mendelsohn
    Marcos Mendelsohn
    12:47 14 Sep 18
    I couldn't have been happier with how Steven Sack represented me. I felt extremely comfortable with him from the start. He was fabulous in all facets of the reprsentation
    g m
    g m
    14:35 08 Sep 18
    Steven Sack is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney. I had my matter settled within hours of consulting his office. I would highly recommend his services.
    Greeting Carders
    Greeting Carders
    23:01 30 Aug 18
    Steven worked on my case and was able to handle my severance quickly and professionally. Steven's sense of prognosing the outcome of my case was accurate, and I ended up getting a better severance package from my previous employer then they had initially offered. Through all of my anxiety for the result of the severance, Steven was patient with me and helped me regain my composure. He was quick to respond to my inquiries and explained every step of the process to me throughly. Steven Sack is truly a 5-star employee attorney!!!
    Rebecca Spivak
    Rebecca Spivak
    13:43 28 Aug 18
    My case was not only handled quickly and judiciously with the least amount of stress, Steven was also spot on about predicting what they were most liked to agree to and touching back base with me following up every time exactly when he said he would. If at any time he was delayed in reconnecting with me, he would always communicate that to give me the heads up. I was blown away by how on top of his game and organized he is, no matter what his volume of clients are at the moment, to be able to maintain such consistency. It is clear Steven has both the depth of experience and knowledge, alongside being a solid/fantastic human being, that is deeply passionate about his work. This kindness and passion comes through in both his work and interactions with clients. I give Steven Sack a Michelin Star 🌟 💫 rating based on my experience working with him!
    Christina Taitt
    Christina Taitt
    04:48 28 Aug 18
    Steven Mitchell Sack is a very professional and compassionate attorney. He is well versed in his career and has excellent qualifications. When he worked with me for my case, he did an outstanding job and got me the results I wanted achieved. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has employer/ employment issues!
    Nancy Drew
    Nancy Drew
    00:18 21 Aug 18
    Steven Mitchell Sack came highly recommended to me by a former colleague. I was hesitant about even contacting an attorney but all doubts dissipated the moment I met Steve. He began our meeting by telling me about his qualifications and experience complete with supporting letters and articles. I had an immediate sense that I was with someone very special. And he is. Steve is a brilliant and successful attorney, passionate about his work, professional, kind, honest and ethical… Steve is the entire package. He successfully represented me and insured that I was not taken advantage of by my former employer. I could not be more pleased with how well my case was handled or how quickly. Steve wrote the book on the rights of employees. Literally, he wrote the book. Steve Sack is the BEST Labor & employment lawyer in New York, bar none.
    Lisa Flick
    Lisa Flick
    15:05 19 Aug 18
    It was my good fortune to be referred to Mr. Steven Sack by the New York City Bar Legal service to represent me in a proceeding this past year.I was immediately put at ease by his understanding, honest, and forthright manner. His council and legal representation allowed me to extricate myself from a difficult situation with integrity and grace. I would unequivocally recommend Mr. Steven Sack to represent me in any legal matter that may arise in the future.
    S Y
    S Y
    17:44 02 Aug 18
    Steven is an excellent attorney. He is a fierce lawyer and this is a type of lawyer you want to have him on your side. He knows the laws and he is a very compassionate, knowledgeable, sharp, fair and just lawyer. He will respond to your calls and he would not waste your time. And, it is my pleasure to know a man like this. He surprised me, and I am so glad he is my lawyer. He is someone that I am and will always admire.
    Gary Vicari
    Gary Vicari
    21:24 01 Aug 18
    Steven Sack, Attorney, began counseling me on employee rights and how to negotiate with employers for the best possible compensation package in 1998. The outcome was spectacular for me. My employment was cut short after 4 years due to a death in the family, and Steven Sack stepped in on behalf of the family to save our family business from being sold. His skill dealing with the automobile manufacturer, key employees and family set the stage for a successful transition to the next generation, and preservation of the family legacy. He serves as corporate counsel to our family franchised auto business, as well as a Director on the board. Whether he is advising our HR Department on personnel matters, analyzing potential business deals, or giving advice to the myriad of day-to-day activities that occur in a large automobile dealership, Steven Sack brings a keen analytical and legal mind to each situation. Our business, as well as my personal interests, are safe and secure with Steven Sack part of the team.
    Debbie Motz
    Debbie Motz
    15:10 01 Aug 18
    We have had Steven Sack on retainer for our members for several years and continue to receive outstanding and positive reviews about him from our membership. He is one of the best benefits an Association can offer to their membership. We will continue our relationship with Mr. Sack for years.
    joe farricielli
    joe farricielli
    13:08 27 Jul 18
    Steve was great. Very professional when helping with an employment issue and I will use him again with my next contract.
    Brad Ashe
    Brad Ashe
    23:09 24 Jul 18
    I met Steve about 35 years ago when I started my business.During that time, he has not only won every case he worked for me, but I also consider him a trusted friend. Steve has taught me, held my hand in bad times, given me a number of the books he has written, which happen to be extremely informative, and I would trust him with my life. There is nobody in employee/employer law that is better. He has handled other legal matters for me outside, of employee rights, and has always done right by me. Thank you Steve
    Don Cambareri
    Don Cambareri
    15:31 24 Jul 18
    Steve has virtually become a member of my family. Over the 20 years that I know him, and have done business with him, his integrity and ethics, are eyond reproach. Not only has he succeeded in all of my affairs, but I have also referred him to family and friends, who tell me the same thing. I've never had a bad experience, won all of my cases, and never looked back. If you want a completely competent, well prepared, and tireless attorney to fight for you, look no further than Steve Sack. Respectfully, Don Cambareri
    Robin M.
    Robin M.
    14:47 24 Jul 18
    The is the best attorney in New York City for employment and labor law. I've been utilizing his excellent services for over 25 years.He is an expert. A extremely kind, patient and honest lawyer who will work to get the best results for you. He is dedicated to justice and he won every case I have had! I highly recommend him. You can trust your case will go quickly and effectively. Steven treated me with the utmost in respect and deeply cares about his clients. I was always calm when he represented me because he is totally a take charge lawyer with a Midas touch! I will not make a legal move on any level without conferring with Steven. Look no further, This is the only lawyer to hire!
    I t
    I t
    15:50 23 Jul 18
    Steven Sack was my attorney. Now I'm proud to say he is my friend. I walked into his office having many questions, and not knowing where to turn. He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He stayed in contact with me throughout the whole process. Needing an attorney is very stressful. He took away the stress and made me feel like I had someone to go to that was in my corner. I highly recommend Steven if you have a need for an employment attorney. He is without a doubt and amazing human being!
    Jon Liechty
    Jon Liechty
    12:09 23 Jul 18
    Responsive, helpful, and effective! He consistently gets better results than I expect.
    Jason Strulowitz
    Jason Strulowitz
    04:09 23 Jul 18
    Steve is the most exceptional lawyer I have ever used. He is not only a sharp attorney he wrote the book on employment law. Most important he’s a genuine and caring person who treats his clients with respect and fights for them like a warrior! You’re the best! Steve and you really helped me in my time of need. J
    Tina Vanderplas
    Tina Vanderplas
    21:47 22 Jul 18
    Steve Sack is the absolute best in the industry, and is wonderful at reaching a realistic outcome where both parties are happy. He has been a life saver for me twice! He helped me when I was intimated by a very aggressive employer, and he also helped negotiate a fabulous package with a clearly written contract for my following employer. Highly recommend!
    Harold Chudnovsky
    Harold Chudnovsky
    00:55 20 Jul 18
    I have been extremely fortunate to have Mr. Sack as my attorney. He is extremely helpful, compassionate, responsive and extremely knowledgeable. I do not feel alone during this difficult time in my life. He was recommended to me. I feel he is a gift from God.I would highly recommend Mr. Sack to anyone that has issues pertaining to his expertise as an attorney. He is wonderful.HC
    Evgeny Aleksandrov
    Evgeny Aleksandrov
    17:09 18 Jul 18
    Steven is an excellent attorney! Highly practical, exceptionally knowledgeable in labor disputes, and just a fantastic professional who keep things casual. Steven knows his craft so well, he makes it look easy.
    Bob Petrone
    Bob Petrone
    12:27 18 Jul 18
    We have used Stevens services for many years, I find him to be reliable and thorough. Very pleased!
    Larry Lane
    Larry Lane
    15:55 16 Jul 18
    I have been working with Steven since 2002 when we created our company. Finding Steven was one of the absolute best things to happen to us. His advice and guidance has been paramount to our success! I can't stress it enough. Steven does not break the mold on the stereotypical attorney, he shatters it! We use a fair amount of contracts in our business and the Agreements he has put together for us have protected us in a tremendous way. Steven's Agreements have been so good, it has kept us out of the need for any litigation. The reason for this is because the documents are so strong, when we have needed to access them we are able to negotiate a favorable settlement. Steven is sharp, extremely intelligent, personable, accessible and responsive. Steven has become a true friend and confidant, a valued mentor to me personally and to our company!
    Yuliya Kurash
    Yuliya Kurash
    16:17 13 Jul 18
    Steven is an exceptional lawyer that is considerate of his clients. A lawyer that meets with you in person, consistently responds to emails and phone calls and provides regular updates is hard to find. Steven did all and above. I highly recommend him as an employment lawyer. One of the best I've ever worked with.
    Yuliya Kurash
    Yuliya Kurash
    14:39 13 Jul 18
    Steven is an exceptional lawyer that is considerate of his clients. A lawyer that meets with you in person, consistently responds to emails and phone calls and provides regular updates is hard to find. Steven did all and above. I highly recommend him as an employment lawyer. One of the best I've ever worked with.
    Anastasia De Leon
    Anastasia De Leon
    04:19 29 Dec 17
    Steven Sack is an excellent attorney, he's knowledgeable, attentive and meticulous. As a result of his expertise and skillful persuasion my employment related case was settled amicably in a short period of timeI highly recommend his services.Steven is also the author of the book "The Employee Rights Handbook" which is an excellent book if you want to know your rights as an employee.
    Jay
    Jay
    22:10 11 Oct 17
    Exceptional employment attorney & a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend.
    William Teitler
    William Teitler
    23:16 26 Sep 16
    Steven Sack is a top-notch labor and employment lawyer. His book "The Employee Rights Handbook" is an amazing resource for all employees. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. Steven is incredibly passionate about employment law and his cases. I highly recommend attorney Steven Sack.
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