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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Allstate Insurance Company, 14-2700

In this case, defendant reorganized its business and terminated the at-will employment contracts of 6200 sales agents, offering them the opportunity to work as independent contractors. As a condition of becoming independent contractors, agents were required to sign a release waiving existing legal claims against defendant. Summary judgment entered in favor of defendant is affirmed, where: 1) in offering each of its employee agents the option to convert into independent contractors, defendant followed the well-established rule that employers can require terminated employees to waive existing legal claims in order to receive unearned post-termination benefits; and 2) defendant did not therefore violate federal antiretaliation laws.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/13/2015
  • Published 02/13/2015

Judges

  • Hardiman

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

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