Sherrills Ford, NC asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for North Carolina

Q: I was promised in writing equity for part of my comp. I was fired for no reason due to owner and outside persons action

Essentially I was promised the same type of equity the owner had as part of my total compensation. This is in writing through emails and recorded conversations. The owner was looking at an outside person for advice on many situations, whereby this outsider told me to take action contrary to the owner. I pushed back telling him he was not yet part of a BOD and therefore he couldn’t tell me to take separate action from what the majority owner had told me. I field a complaint with HR against the majority owner and this outsider. I was fired after that. I was never given my promised employment contract or equity, nor a reason for termination. This outsider and majority owner are $100M+ Networth people who have now impacted my ability to obtain employment elsewhere by disparaging me. Do I have any sort of civil tort or another case option here, or can these people promise me all this, allow this other person to circumvent all other owners and just fire me? No noncompete only NDA before hir

1 Lawyer Answer
Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
  • Concord, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: It depends. The primary issue will be what does the written document say about the "equity" and the effect your termination has on it. You should consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible.

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