BlackBerry suing own VP for joining Apple

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 6 months ago)

BlackBerry has managed to tie a wayward employee to the company till June, after suing him for accepting a job with Apple. Sebastian Marineau-Mes has been in talks about leaving his position as the senior vice-president for software since September 2013. However, he is contracted to stay due to his accepting a promotion to executive vice-president of platform development, something that entitles him to six months' notice. Marineau-Mes' argument was that the contract was signed during a period of uncertainty for the handset company, during which a buyout bid did not come to fruition and all promotions within the company were effectively frozen. He also emphasized that this invalidated his promotion, and that his new role had changed as soon as new chief executive John Chen had joined the company in November. 

The court ruled in favor of BlackBerry, holding Marineau-Mes to his contract until 23 June 2014 and keeping him from his new position as vice-president of Core OS at Apple. In spite of all this, Marineau-Mes has claimed that he has not worked for the company since the beginning of January, when he was put on "vaction pay" - BlackBerry's counter argument was that they wanted to guarantee Marineau-Mes' availability, even if they could not say for certain that his services would be required.

"It is unfortunate that we had to take this step, but we will do whatever is necessary to ensure that employees honor the agreements they make with us," said BlackBerry in a statement. Apple has insofar not responded to a request for comment. 

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