Is it true that a person cannot sign away their right to legal representation and sue an employer?

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Is it true that a person cannot sign away their right to legal representation and sue an employer?

In order to keep job, I had to sign a last chance agreement that precluded my suing the company for

any and all mistakes they may make.

Asked on August 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, that is not true, or at least not entirely. You can't sign away your right to file a complaint, sue, or take legal action for violations of labor/employment law (e.g. overtime law), employment discrimination law, or for deliberately wrongful, harmful, or criminal acts, because public policy does not let you give up these rights in advance...but you *can* give up your right to sue for run of the mill accidents, negligence, or injuries Giving up the right to sue for common, everyday injuries is itself fairly common: e.g. any liability waivers for skiing, amusement parks, bungie jumping, etc.


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