Worker Bound by Release He Claimed He Signed under Duress

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A worker claimed that his employer had discriminated against him on the basis of disability. When he was fired, he was offered a $4,500 payment if he signed a letter releasing the employer from liability for discrimination. He signed the letter, writing “signed under duress” under his name. He then filed a discrimination complaint. The Human Rights Tribunal dismissed the complaint, ruling that the release he’d signed was valid and enforceable. Although the situation may have been stressful for the worker, he didn’t sign the release under what’s legally considered duress [Heil v. Canada Safeway Ltd., [2011] AHRC 7 (CanLII), Nov. 30, 2011].