The waiver must specifically refer to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and G.L. c.151B.
The employer must advise you that you can consult a lawyer, give you 21 days to consider the agreement, and give you 7 days to revoke it even after you have signed.
If you are part of a group layoff, under federal law your employer may have to provide you with even more time (45 days) to consider any waiver of rights. In addition, your employer may have to give you certain information, including the ages of the employees being laid off and the ages of the employees being retained.
If you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination, you have the right to file a complaint within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act.
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