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Mutual Mistake Helps Ex-Employee’s Bias, Retaliation Claims Avoid Dismissal

April 9, 2021

Via: HR Hero

If a terminated employee signs a contract releasing all claims against you, she can’t sue you, right? Wrong. A new Missouri Court of Appeals decision illustrates the effect a mutual mistake by the parties can have on the enforceability of the release. Read on to learn how Missouri courts analyze the issue.


From 2001 to 2018, Ann McGruder was employed by a Missouri university. In 2016, she began working in the university’s school of medicine as an associate director of administration. She was then terminated as part of a departmental reorganization. While in her position with the medical school, she alleges she was subjected to age and sex discrimination and retaliation.

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