How can I dispute a signed admission that I violated company policy?

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How can I dispute a signed admission that I violated company policy?

I wrote and signed a statement stating I violated company policy when I used my rewards card on a purchase I made in my name for my sister who lives in another state. At the time I made the statement I was pressured into wording the statement saying I knowingly violated company policy by a company supervisor, after my first statement was not what he thought it should say.

Asked on August 22, 2011 Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You might not be able to dispute this or retract or disclaim it, unless you can show one of the following:

1) You were physically coerced or threatened into doing it, or otherwise coerced by some wrongful act which is inherently illegal; or

2) What you signed was not what the statement is (e.g. they somehow transferred your signature to a different page)

If, on the other hand, you were merely "pressured" to sign, that does not enable you to retract the written statement or disclaim it. The law assumes that competent adults can stand up  to "pressure" and doesn't have to sign just because someone wants them to. Similarly, not understanding what you signed would not help you after the fact, because hou are obligated to make sure you understand what you are signing before signing it.


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