An employee sought to bring a claim against his employer after he signed a settlement agreement.  The Employment Relations Authority has rejected his claim.

The employee claimed he did not sign the agreement, that his signature was forged, and texts and emails accepting the settlement were not from him.

When the signed agreement was sent to the Mediator to sign the employee asked the Mediator not to sign.

The ERA dismissed the employee’s claim because there was compelling evidence that he had agreed to the settlement and signed the document.

The evidence also was that he asked the Mediator not to sign due to a change of mind rather than that he had never signed the agreement.

The employee will be liable for costs for the failed case. The employer could also refer the matter to the Police for consideration of perjury charges.