Returning veteran could sign away his right to sue

A returning veteran can waive his right to sue his employer for firing him, says a federal appeals court in Ohio. The employee worked at IBM. He left to serve in Afghanistan and later returned to his old job, but was fired after several months. At the time, he signed a waiver of his legal claims against the company in return for a $6,000 severance package. However, he later sued under a federal law that requires employers to re-integrate returning veterans into their workplace.

The employee argued that the federal law trumped his agreement, and that it would be wrong to let companies use severance offers as a tool to induce veterans to waive their rights. But the court sided with IBM and said the waiver agreement was valid.