For example, you may have talked to colleagues about your negotiations before you saw the confidentiality clause and realized that you had to keep the existence of the agreement confidential. If you sign a clause that you have already violated (or if you violate the clause after signing it) and your employer will find out, they could argue that they no longer have to fulfill their side of the business. You might refuse to pay the payment for the transaction, or even try to get back the money they have already paid you. The law requires that any worker who receives a settlement agreement receive independent legal advice from a lawyer, union representative or citizen advisory office. No settlement agreement can be concluded without this advice and without the signature of one of these persons. .