Me and about 12 other people were laid off last week from a company in Massachusetts. We were all offered a severance package ranging from two weeks pay to more depending on how long we worked for this company. The catch is that they want us to sign something called a waiver and release of claims against the employer. It reads like a load of legaleese but sounds like we are agreeing not to sue the company. Is this legal in Massachusetts? Should I sign it? As far as I know, the company hasn't done anything wrong, not to me anyway. Business is slow and they had to cut costs.
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