LOS ANGELES — Attorney Cortney Shegerian, of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, has released comments on the recent termination of ex-partner Mike Goguen at Sequoia Capital, a well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The termination came just after reports surfaced of a $40 million settlement and subsequent breach of contract suit launched against Goguen from an alleged female sex slave.
“The alleged details of Mr. Goguen’s breach of contract case based on the $40 million settlement are shocking,” said Shegerian. “Reading through the initial claim for contract breach as well as Goguen’s counterclaim is like reading a steamy, horrific fiction novel, but another issue here arises concerning employment rights. The situation brings up questions about just how much an employee’s private life can legally affect work life.”
“Here, Sequoia may have decided to part ways with Goguen due to a breach of trust, which is a reasonable conclusion in light of the fact that Sequoia claims to have not been aware of the settlement until recently,” Shegerian went on to say. “In partnerships of this kind, a breach of trust could be grounds for termination if those terms are clear in the partnership agreement or employment contract.”
“To be sure, Goguen’s termination has not been challenged yet, nor may it ever be,” Shegerian commented. “Apparently, Goguen has several other items on his plate presently needing his utmost attention.”
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney Shegerian, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner for 2013, has won 73 jury trials in his career, including 31 seven figure verdicts), Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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