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Employer – Employee: MHRA – Release – Reduction In Force

Where a loan collector brought claims of race discrimination and retaliation after she was laid off from her job allegedly as part of a reduction in force, and the plaintiff had signed a release of claims arising “as a result of your employment with or separation from employment” the dismissal of her claims is reversed because an evidentiary hearing is necessary on the scope and enforceability of the release.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

Jones v. Wells Fargo Auto Finance (MLW No. 64368/Case No. WD74558 – 9 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, Ahuja, J.) Appealed from circuit court, Clay County, Gabbert, J. (Mark A. Buchanan, Kansas City, Missouri, for appellant) (Mikah K. Thompson, Donald S. Prophete, Robert L. Ortbals Jr., Kansas City, Missouri, for respondent).

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