Employment Contracts

In Williams v. Rhythm of Life Corp., No. 652707/2020, 2021 WL 143487, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 30139(U) (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Jan. 14, 2021), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s breach-of-contract claim arising from his alleged wrongful termination. In sum, in this case plaintiff asserts “that the defendant wrongfully…

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In Hodge v. ABACO, LLC, 20-1186-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, inter alia, affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, based on the language of an offer letter by plaintiff’s employer. Plaintiff began working for defendant on October 1, 2018. Before that,…

Read More Breach of Employment Contract Claim Dismissed; Offer Letter Did Not Contain Guarantee of Employment of Five Years
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In Parneros v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2020 WL 5350531 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2020), the court denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim that Barnes & Noble violated the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by firing him mere days before the equity payment for the prior year, when he served…

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In Woodard v. Reliance Worldwide Corp. (2d Cir. Sept. 3, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for breach of an employment contract and the alleged entitlement to a $500,000 bonus. Here are the facts, as summarized by the court: Woodard’s employment with John Guest USA was governed by an executive…

Read More $500,000 Bonus Not Obtainable Via Implied Covenant of Good Faith & Fair Dealing
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In Price v. TuneCore, Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op 02284 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 16, 2020), the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s (defendant’s former CEO) employment-based claims. As to plaintiff’s claim regarding his status as the “highest paid employee”, the court explained: The employment agreement did not give plaintiff the unfettered right to…

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Happy holidays to all! One of my favorite Christmas/seasonal movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In my view it’s full of memorable moments and quotable lines. See, e.g., “our motor home’s septic tank is at capacity!” As with most movies, there are also a host of legal issues lurking – which, to a law student…

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As you may have heard, Steve Easterbrook was recently dismissed from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s due to his alleged consensual relationship with a staff member, which was against company policy.  It was also reported that he will receive a severance package of nearly $42 million – comprising six months…

Read More McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook Terminated Following Relationship With Employee
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In Lord v. Marilyn Model Mgt., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 05093 (App. Div. 1st Dept. June 25, 2019), the court reversed the lower court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for breach of contract arising from defendant’s failure to pay him severance. The facts, as summarized by the court: As alleged in the complaint, plaintiff was…

Read More Modeling Scout Sufficiently Alleges Claims Relating to Failure to Pay Severance, First Department Holds
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From Williams v New York City Transit Authority, No. 2017-02335, 505636/16, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 02747, 2019 WL 1549176 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., Apr. 10, 2019): We agree with the Supreme Court’s determination that, based on the prior federal determination, the plaintiff is collaterally estopped from asserting the NYSHRL causes of action. The doctrine of collateral…

Read More Employment Discrimination Claims Properly Dismissed on the Ground of Collateral Estoppel
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