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Paul Cowie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)—the agency tasked with enforcing federal labor laws—was deputized by Congress in 1972 with authority to bring lawsuits against employers for violating anti-discrimination laws and retaliating against employees.  Since then, the agency has made a concerted and aggressive effort to challenge, among other things, standard clauses in separation agreements that have the potential to chill former employees’ participation in legal actions against their former employers, including non-cooperation and covenant not to sue clauses.  This concern is especially salient in the age of COVID-19, where many employers are using separation agreements at a breakneck pace due… Continue Reading Employee Separation Agreements Likely to Face Increased EEOC Scrutiny

About

Paul Cowie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.