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NO, they cannot force you to sign a release without having your attorney review it. Your concerns about retaliation may be spot on. Even this suspension is putting you under duress so that forcing you to sign a release or lose your job is not enforceable. You should not have to be subjugated to this type of hostile conduct. You should explore retaining a local employment law attorney about possibly pursuing a lawsuit against this company. You should not have to have pay reduced either.