I am in a bit of a predicament, I am a stock broker and I am not sure what to do in this situation.
My line manager has been treating me unfairly (excessive and unjustified criticism) and she is keen to make me leave the firm. She has advised that I will be put on a performance improvement plan. I met with HR and described my treatment by her and they have offered me a Settlement Agreement.
Under the Settlement Agreement they will:
- pay me my salary for the notice period in one lump sum
- let me choose the termination date so I can go on gardening leave
- let me keep my work blackberry (no sim)
- give me a standard reference (not sure if they will give me a non-standard one anyway but I called the HR people and they say they give the same reference regardless of what has happened internally (risk management?)
The culture in the team, as you can imagine is male driven and they are quite laddish/cowboys so it would be in the firm's interest have me sign a gagging clause. They have made remarks about me as a girl but I fight back (have to be tough on the floor!) but it's the thought of being pushed out that is more hurting!
I have done ample research on this matter but I wanted to know what your thoughts were. I am worried that my next employer will know that I settled with the firm (rather than a normal resignation) and incorrectly assume that I did something wrong!
Can anyone provide any advice on if there will be an audit trail that I settled with my employer? E.g. on my P45/P60 because if they see an ex gratia payment it suggests settlement which suggest I was mistreated by the firm or that I was underperforming (neither of which are good for the new employer to know).