Should I sign a release?

Jun 18, 2021

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Are you unsure if you received a fair severance package? Have you been wrongfully dismissed? Or are you looking to have your employment agreement reviewed before you sign? If you’re looking for answers when it comes to Alberta Employment Law, Litco Law is here to help. Our caring team will ensure you are protected and give you peace of mind— and we’ve been doing just that for Albertans since 1976. But today, we’re addressing the client question, “Should I sign a release?” Keep reading for our answer. 

No matter what situation you’re dealing with, we advise our clients to be wary of signing anything that might take your rights away from you. If you’ve been let go, your former employer may try to pressure you into signing an agreement or release in exchange for a small amount of compensation. By signing such an agreement or release, you waive your right to making future claims relating to your termination— so we encourage you to take your time. It’s perfectly reasonable to press pause, have the documents looked over by a lawyer, and decide what’s right for you before you sign. An experienced Employment lawyer will be able to explain what’s fair and what’s not.

However, if you have already signed a document or release forms from your employer, don’t panic. Litco Law is here to take the stress off of your shoulders, so if you felt forced or unaware of what you were signing, you may still be able to make a claim. Contact us as soon as possible so we can assess the situation. We’ll always listen to your story and help as best we can, considering factors like:

  • How the release was worded;
  • Whether the settlement was substantially unfair;
  • If there was an influence that forced you to sign the release;
  • Whether you received independent legal advice before signing;
  • Whether you experienced unlawful pressure to act against your will;
  • Whether you were aware of the human rights complaint process; and
  • Any other reason that would make the release invalid.

Employment Law made simple.

You can count on Litco Law to fight for what’s fair. All you need to do is call us, give us the facts, and relax— we’ll handle the paperwork from there. You can rely on our Employment lawyers to settle your case as quickly and effectively as possible, because this caring team has got your back. And if you have questions outside of release forms, we handle all of the below situations.

  • Severance reviews
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Termination clause reviews
  • Reasonable notice assessments
  • Constructive dismissals
  • Employment agreements and contract
  • Short and long term disability entitlements
  • Fixed-term contracts

Let us guide you through the complex world of Employment Law and make your experience a happy one. Give us a call, send us an email, or message us in the chat for your free consultation (we’ll always get back to you within 24 hours, or the next business day on weekends). Remember: with Litco Law, your needs come first, no matter what! 


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