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  • Westport Office

    Address

    155 Post Road East
    Suite 11
    Westport, Connecticut 06880

    Phone

    203-226-9922

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0

    I found myself in one of the worst employment situations that I have ever been in. I was getting bullied and harassed and after going to human resources twice I felt that I had no where else to go. After sitting down and talking to Attorney...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    I cannot say enough great things about Attorney Pate. He was not only courteous and professional to me but very intelligent in dealing with employer. He not only demonstrated skill and professionalism while handling my case but showed extra...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    . In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. My company investigated the incident, and it seemed to have been resolved. Six months later, my company took what I believed to b...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Attorney Pate was very professional yet personable. He was available to speak every time I called and carefully listened to my concerns. And resolved them. He was excellent.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    In September, 2016, I contacted Atty. Pate regarding an incident I considered to be age discrimination in my workplace. In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. I did so. ...
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Severance Agreements

Losing a job can be incredibly stressful. The emotional and financial pressure you face is not conducive to making careful long-term legal decisions. Yet this is when many dismissed employees are presented with severance agreements where payment is offered in exchange for a waiver of your legal rights. If this happens to you, we will evaluate potential claims against your employer so that you can have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

To determine whether a severance payment compensates you fairly, you need to understand the likelihood of a successful lawsuit against your employer. I can quickly evaluate potential legal actions and what you might be able to recover by alleging:

  • Discrimination based on age, sex, religion or membership in another group protected under federal or state law
  • Violation of an employment contract
  • Refusal of an employer to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Consideration you will receive for executing a noncompete agreement
  • Unlawful retaliation for reporting employer misconduct