attorneys with respect to any business issues or legal proceedings that the Company or such Affiliate believes may be in any way related to Executives employment with the Company or such Affiliate or to matters in which Executive was involved or has knowledge (including without limitation the active litigation matters brought by, on behalf of, or against, or otherwise involving, the Company and/or its Affiliates in which Executive is involved or has provided assistance during Executives employment prior to the Separation Date). Such cooperation encompasses Executives assistance with matters preliminary to the initiation of any legal proceedings and assistance during and throughout any litigation, administrative, or legal proceeding, including, but not limited to, participating in any fact-finding efforts or investigation, speaking with the Companys and/or any of its Affiliates attorneys, testifying in depositions, testifying at hearings or at trial, and assisting with any post-litigation matter or appeal. The Company and its Affiliates shall make reasonable efforts to minimize disruption of Executives other business activities when requesting cooperation under this paragraph. Additionally, the Company and/or such Affiliate requesting Executives cooperation shall reimburse Executive for the reasonable expenses, if any, for travel or lodging incurred by Executive associated with that cooperation.
(a) Executive, for Executive and Executives family, heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, and their respective successors and assigns, in exchange for the Severance Benefits to be provided pursuant to Section 7 of the Employment Agreement, does hereby release and forever discharge the Company, its Affiliates and each of its their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, successors, and assigns, and their current and former directors, officers, employees, members, shareholders and agents in such capacities (collectively with the Company, the Released Parties) from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, controversies, claims and demands whatsoever, for or by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, whether known or unknown including, but not limited to, all claims under any applicable laws arising under or in connection with Executives employment or termination thereof, whether for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, tort, breach of express or implied employment contract, wrongful discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, or defamation or injuries incurred on the job or incurred as a result of loss of employment. THIS IS A GENERAL RELEASE OF ANY AND ALL CLAIMS. This release is intended to have the broadest possible application and includes, but is not limited to (and in each case to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law): any alleged violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; any alleged violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, the Illinois Equal Wage Act, the Illinois Wages for Women and Minors Act, the Illinois Whistleblower Act, the Illinois Personnel Record Review Act, the Illinois Victims Economic Security and Safety Act, the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance, and the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Unruh Act, the California Constitution, the California Business & Professions Code, the California Government Code, the California Civil Code, the applicable California Wage Order, the California Labor Code (including sections 201, 202, 203, 212, 226,