You settle your case, and the accused agrees to pay you a lot of money. All that remains is to sign a „standard“ settlement agreement prepared by the accused`s lawyer. They come to page 10 and look at a paragraph called „No denigration.“ You see that this means that neither party will „denigrate“ the other . . . never. You call your lawyer and tell you not to worry, that it is a common provision and that it is probably nothing. He`s not even sure what „disappearing“ is and wouldn`t it really be hard to prove? Most clients, often on the advice of their legal counsel, sign these things every day. Also called economic aid, commercial denigration, denigration of property, defamation of goods, embezzlement of trafficking If you are considering signing an agreement with a non-disappearance clause, ask questions about it, understand them and get competent legal advice, especially if you are the one who, say, wants to rather trap the other party. Whether your employer imposes its non-disappearance agreements depends on your business and what the denigration entails. Is it likely that they come after you to pick them up from your mother or in a private message to your best friend? Probably not. However, as with any legal document, you should consider a non-disappearing agreement as a contract with possible consequences if you do not maintain your end of good deal.
„I think the way someone should act is that if you sign a contract, you should respect that contract and assume that if you don`t, it could be imposed on you,“ Elkins said. On the one hand, if you have been blind to dismissal and need the money to pay your rent and buy food for a few more months until you find a new job, you can choose to sign a disparance clause to get the severance pay that is offered to you. On the other hand, you may have some savings and be motivated by different factors to transfer money so that you are free to say what you want. Non-denigration agreements can be confusing and the circumstances under which you are asked to sign one may be difficult. But knowing what your company really wants from you – and what you need to keep in mind before you sign – can help you make a decision that will allow you to protect yourself and ultimately work on exciting new opportunities. Let`s decipher what denigration means in this context and what exactly you agree if you sign a no-disappearance clause. In fairness to your lawyer, most of us would agree that „disappearing“ is or should be in the eye of the beholder. The word seems far too vague to live up to the traditional contractual test, to know exactly what the parties have agreed on – a „meeting of minds,“ as we like to say.