Trial Victory for Employer in Bonus Dispute
Our client DHL Express terminated a manager for poor performance and withheld a quarterly incentive pursuant to its bonus program. The manager sued in Oregon state court, claiming violations of Oregon's wage and hour law and breach of contract. He argued he was wrongfully terminated and thus entitled to the bonus, plus penalty wages and other damages. At trial, we successfully argued that the employer has the ultimate authority to determine whether its employees are performing up to company standards, and that the company was well within its rights to enforce its incentive program according to its terms. The trial court found that the termination was proper and granted a full and complete victory for our client.