I saw Employer wants me to write down "I accept the termination" on my termination paper was closed as being a legal question.

Now the question itself doesn't ask "is this legal", which would obviously be a legal question that has no place here. The question is more "what should I do", which seems on topic, even if the answer might come down to "consult a lawyer" (at least partly).

My argument is as follows: how should someone know if they need to consult a lawyer? Isn't it reasonable to not know that this is a situation where a lawyer needs to be consulted, thus making it a reasonable not-so-legal workplace question (even if the answer is somewhat in another castle)?

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    I agree, it should not have been closed. VTRO Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 13:12
  • FYI, it has been reopened
    – David K
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 17:17

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As the one who asked the question I think it's important that comments like "consult a lawyer" are handled neutral for those two reasons:

  • Maybe the one who asked the question doesn't even realizes how bad the situation is and that a lawyer is needed
  • Depending on the country speaking to a lawyer costs you to much for such cases - in my country you can expect about 1500$ costs for the first hour of talking to a lawyer. Often then you rethink that idea.

It shouldn't get closed as legal question but - if needed - as off topic.


Closing a question based the answers it may generate has merit when it comes to obviously opinion-based or direct-legal questions. However, if a question could legitimately generate other types of answers as well, I don't see why a questions should be closed based on its answers.

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