Executive claims he's owed severance pay from Nupro Industries Corp.

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 30, 2019

MEDIA — Its former chief operating officer is suing a chemical company, citing alleged breach of contract and wrongful discharge.

Robert A. Hopkins filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County against Nupro Industries Corp., Alan Berg Sr. and Alan Berg Jr. for an alleged violation of the Wage Payment and Collection Law.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 6, 2016, Hopkins entered into an employment agreement with defendant for an initial term of five years. Under the contract, plaintiff could be terminated without cause, but the termination required defendant to pay him salary and benefits for the balance of the initial term, the suit says.

On June 19, 2018, plaintiff was notified of his termination for "willful misconduct" despite not being convicted or charged with any crimes. Plaintiff claims the charge was made to avoid paying him severance due under the agreement. As a result, plaintiff claims he was damaged in an amount in excess of $658,000 as severance payment. 

The plaintiff holds Nupro Industries Corp., Alan Berg Sr. and Alan Berg Jr. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to comply with the terms of the agreement and failed to pay severance due under the employment agreement.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory and punitive damages along with such other relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Patricia Collins of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn LLP in Doylestown.

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