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Is an Employment Separation Release Agreement Valide?
Is a release agreement given to an employee before their last day on the job enforceable? Last month, the Second District Court of Appeal addressed this issue. 

New CA Arbitration/Employment Decision  

Castelo v. Xceed Financial Credit Union (2023) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2023 WL 3515225: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order denying a motion to vacate the arbitration award and it’s judgment confirming the arbitration award. Plaintiff sued her former employer for wrongful termination and age discrimination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA; Gov. Code, § 12900 et seq.) The case was submitted to the to binding arbitration pursuant to the stipulation of the parties. The arbitrator granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the basis that plaintiff’s claims were barred by a release in her separation agreement. The Court of Appeal concluded that the arbitrator correctly ruled the release did not violate Civil Code section 1668. Plaintiff signed the separation agreement after she was informed of the decision to terminate her but before her last day on the job. At the time she signed, she already believed that the decision to terminate her was based on age discrimination and that she had a valid claim for wrongful termination. The alleged violation of FEHA had already occurred, even though the claim had not yet fully accrued. Accordingly, the release did not violate section 1668 because it was not a release of liability for future unknown claims. (C.A. 2nd, May 18, 2023.)

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