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Fired Employee Can’t Sue for Discrimination after Signing a Release

A 28-year employee fired for bringing a bottle of beer to work signed a release promising not to sue in exchange for 8 weeks’ severance and continuation of his RRSP benefits. Six months later, he had a change of heart and sued for disability discrimination. My alcoholism made me incapable of understanding the release, he argued; and I was under duress and needed the money. So I took 8 weeks upfront rather than the 24 weeks I could and should have gotten. But the Human Rights Tribunal was having none of it. There was no medical evidence that the employee was incapacitated or behaving irrationally. He took 4 days to think it over. And all of the witnesses said that when he did sign, he appeared cool, calm and collected [Venables v. Glen White Industries Ltd., 2017 HRTO 1220 (CanLII), Sept. 19, 2017].

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