The company’s managing director is also said to have broken the buyout contract of the fired partners.
Three former law firm partners in the Minneapolis area have filed a lawsuit against their firm’s president, claiming they were fired for supporting former President Donald Trump.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that the three plaintiffs – identified as attorneys William Kain, Margaret Henehan and Kelsey Quarberg – collectively allege that they were wrongly dismissed.
According to the lawsuit, the attorneys were partners with Kain and Scott, based in St. Paul. They say the company’s President Wesley Scott was very angry about the January 6 riot outside the Capitol in Washington, DC
Shortly thereafter, Scott reportedly instructed his operations manager to fire two employees who he believed were racist for expressing support for former President Donald Trump. When the manager refused, Scott fired her and another employee.
Scott then, Minnesota Public Radio says, fired the partners after telling them it was illegal to fire someone because of their political beliefs.
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The lawsuit says Scott was so upset that he threatened to call law enforcement to remove Quarberg – who was pregnant – from her office.
Scott then blocked the dismissed employees from access to their e-mail accounts and company cell phones; he also changed the locks in the office.
After the partners were fired, Scott informed the rest of the company that the partners had been removed for disobedience.
“We have three employees […] who are exaggerated and hurt everything that is dear to us and I will not allow it, ”Scott is quoted in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that since the partners were fired, Scott has tried to prevent them from receiving unemployment and sick pay.
In addition, the lawsuit finds that the company’s ownership structure is now uncertain: the three partners together held 50% of the company’s shares.
While the lawsuit states that the sacked partners negotiated a buyout under Scott and Kain’s partnership agreement, it also alleges that Scott resigned after approval.
“Scott has shown behavior in the company that was inappropriate for an employee, let alone the president of the company,” the lawsuit said.
Overall, the sacked partners are seeking a range of legal remedies, including back payments and benefits, and a court order to dissolve Scott and Kain. The lawsuit also demands that the shareholders be compensated for their shares from the terminated buyout agreement.
Scott told the Star Tribune that he had not yet seen the appeal and that this media outlet would not be able to comment until he had a chance to read it.
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