Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bonus Promise Enforced

In a case involving a dispute between a law firm and a former associate attorney, the Connecticut Appellate Court held that the law firm had breached an employment agreement and that the trial court had improperly struck a statutory claim based on withheld wages. The former associate had sued after departing for withheld wages and an unpaid bonus: "the evidence demonstrates that the [law firm's] promise of a substantial bonus was more than a mere gratuity...[t]he fact that the parties were indefinite as to the amount of the bonus does not render the promise unenforceable." (Mike Frisch)

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