Attorney Benjamin Salvina Obtains NLRB Settlement Over Unfair Labor Practices at Schott Pharma

Marzzacco, Niven & Associates is pleased to announce that attorney Benjamin D. Salvina recently obtained a settlement over a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint filed on behalf of a former employee of Schott Pharma. In March 2023, Schott laid off our client and 41 other workers. Our client alleged that Schott would only pay his severance if he signed a written agreement not to discuss the details of the severance package or disparage Schott. 

Attorney Salvina argued that these non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements were illegal. The NLRB agreed. Citing a February 2023 ruling entitled McLaren v. Macomb, the NLRB ruled that employers may not require employees to sign severance agreements that result in a broad waiver of rights guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act. 

Attorney Salvina told local news outlet Lebtown, which provided news coverage of the decision, that “The board found that trying to suppress the speech of employees and former employees violated [the law].” Schott admitted to the alleged violations in a July 2023 settlement agreement. The NLRB settlement requires Schott to provide notice to current and former employees that the non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions of severance packages are void. 

Marzzacco, Niven & Associates is proud to protect the rights of Pennsylvania workers. If you’ve been pressured to sign an unlawful severance agreement or have suffered another form of employment discrimination, you have rights. Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced employment discrimination lawyer who can help you understand your legal options.

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