Former Zimmer Biomet SVP loses bid for severance in court: 5 insights

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | November 30, 2018 | Print  |

A judge sided with Zimmer Biomet's decision to not pay a former employee severance, according to Law 360.

Here are five insights:

1. Former Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Logistics Robin Barney filed a lawsuit against Zimmer Biomet asking for severance pay and to qualify for vesting of company stock options.

2. U.S. District Court Judge Jon DiGuilio denied Ms. Barney's request, saying she did not qualify for severance pay because she did not disclose to Zimmer Biomet within 30 days of leaving the company that she would not relocate.

The judge is allowing Ms. Barney to refile the claims.

3. Ms. Barney also did not qualify for vesting of stock options because she had not worked for the company for 10 years.

4. In August 2016, the company ordered Ms. Barney to relocate to Switzerland by the end of 2017, which she refused to do. This was one of the various reasons Ms. Barney stated for her resignation.

5. The former Zimmer Biomet employee resigned in 2016, claiming a hostile work environment, sex discrimination, breach of contract and constructive or involuntary discharge.

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