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November 2016 Archives

You can recover attorney's fees in a gender discrimination case

Hiring a good attorney can be expensive. In fact, the high cost of litigation can make you believe that your case isn't worth it. However, if you faced gender discrimination at work and you win your case, you may not need to pay attorney's fees.

Negotiating and addressing termination obligations, rights in employment contracts

Last time, we looked at the case former Queens Library president Thomas Galante, who was terminated under extraordinary circumstances in connection with accusations of embezzlement. Although we don’t know exactly what contractual rights Galante may have had concerning termination from his position, it is often the case that high-level executives have special protections from termination at will.

Negotiating and addressing termination obligations, rights in employment contracts, P.2

Last time, we began commenting briefly on some of the issues that are addressed in executive level employment agreements, particularly with respect to the issue of termination. As we noted, such agreements, at the least, need to address the terms surrounding the executive employee’s decision to terminate employment, both in cases where there is cause and in cases where there is no cause, as well as the terms surrounding the employer’s decision to terminate employment for cause and without cause.

Queens Library settles wrongful termination suit with former president

We’ve previously noted on this blog that the general rule is that employment is at-will, and that an employer may therefore terminate an employee for any reason, at any time, without fear of legal repercussions. This rule can be modified by contractual promises, as it often is with high-level executives.

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