Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Upholds ‘Full and Final’ Release 
May 2021 Charity & NFP Law Update
Published on May 27, 2021

By Barry W. Kwasniewski


An Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case highlights the significance of using plain and clear wording in employment termination agreements. In Sterling v Dollarama LP, dated March 5, 2021, the applicant, who identifies as “Black and from Jamaica”, alleged racial discrimination by the employer in contravention of the Human Rights Code. However, the applicant signed a separation agreement that expressly released the employer from any claims under human rights legislation. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) did not accept the applicant’s arguments that the separation agreement should be set aside. This decision stresses the importance of properly drafted full and final releases in employment termination documents, which include releases from human rights claims. This Bulletin summarizes the factual background and highlights some of the Tribunal’s analysis

For the balance of this Bulletin, please see Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 496.


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