Executive Fined For Not Disclosing Affair In Massachusetts Employment Contract Case

An executive with Raytheon Co. was recently fined by a court when he didn’t provide a reprimand letter to opponents in a lawsuit that stemmed from an affair he had with a subordinate when both worked at the Federal Aviation Administration, Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting.

This case highlights the need for an experienced Boston employment law attorney, who can provide legal advice on how to write up employment contracts in order not only to comply with the law, but also to protect the company from possible problems later on.
Massachusetts employment law compliance is a critical and complex issue for small businesses. This can be especially true when dealing with recruiters or when hiring or firing c-level administrators. A knowledgeable attorney can help you avoid the pitfalls — which can go a long way toward avoiding employment law litigation in Massachusetts.

According to the news article, a man who led Raytheon’s civil aviation unit allegedly violated a court order that said he had to turn over a document that proved he had a romantic relationship with a woman he worked with. The court ordered the document be turned over, but it wasn’t.

In the midst of lawsuits, the company filing a lawsuit has argued that the relationship began at the FAA and continued after the two — now married — ran a contracting program to train air traffic controllers. Raytheon won the contract in 2008, though Washington Consulting Group Inc., which filed the lawsuit, had held it for more than 20 years.

The company is seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Raytheon and the man, alleging the relationship marred the bidding on the 10-year contract. The lawsuit claims the couple not only stole trade secrets, but conspired to fix who would receive the contract after bidding.

Raytheon has twice attempted to have the lawsuit tossed out of court. Since the mid-1980s, WCG and the University of Oklahoma have worked together to train air traffic controllers, providing two to four months of training in Oklahoma and then placing people in a two- to five-year program.

While this situation is specific, all of the details apply to businesses dealing with their employees. Writing up contracts is critical to ensuring the company is protected, but also to ensuring all the applicable terms of employment are properly laid out.

Employment Law: There are many aspects that deal with employment law, but contract disputes or wage issues are often some of the most common. If a contract is poorly worded or slapped together, it can lead to major problems in the future. A lawyer who has experience writing contracts is valuable in making sure the company is completely covered.

Compliance: A company not only must make sure they protect themselves from possible litigation, but also from problems with state or federal laws. Contracts must be correctly worded based on the law and applicable case law and employee handbooks, policy and procedure manuals, safety laws and other regulations must be taken into consideration.

Litigation: All of this goes to trying to avoid litigation. But there may be times when it is necessary either to be aggressive and take action to enforce a contact or set up a good defense to lawsuits. The ultimate goal is to reach not only a cost-effective resolution, but also one that is fair and just.

In all of these areas, an experienced Boston employment law attorney must be consulted. The future of a business is not only affected by its product and work, but also how well it is protected against potential litigation or compliance issues in dealing with employee contracts.

A Boston business law firm, The Brown Law Firm, LLC, has offices in Belmont and Boston. For a free and confidential consultation, call Attorney Graeme Brown at 617-489-0817 or contact us through this website.

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Additional Resources:

Raytheon Executive Fined in $1 Billion FAA Contract Lawsuit, by Tom Schoenberg, Bloomberg Businessweek

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