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Akers v. J.B. Sedberry, Inc.
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Plaintiffs, Akers and Whitsitt, were employed with J.B. Sedberry, Inc., Defendant, pursuant to their employment contracts. The company was experiencing financial difficulties, therefore, Plaintiff attended a conference with Ms. Sedberry, and Plaintiff’s offered their resignations, giving a ninety-day notice, given that they would be paid according to their contract for that period. Mrs. Sedberry did not accept their resignations at the conference. Instead, Ms. Sedberry continued the conference for the rest of the day. Less than seven days later, Mrs. Sedberry sent Plaintiff a letter accepting their resignations. Plaintiffs initiated this action claiming that their offer to resign was not accepted within a reasonable time. The trial court held for Plaintiffs. Defendant appealed.
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