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Crabtree v. Elizabeth Arden Sales Corp.
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During preliminary negotiations for employment, Plaintiff asked for a 3 year employment contract at $25K per annum. Arden, the Defendant Corporation’s President, offered a 2 year contract based on $20K for 6 months. Then $25K for 6 months and $30K for 12 months, plus $5K per year in expenses. Plaintiff replied “interesting.” Arden then had her secretary draw up a memorandum – Employment Agreement, on a telephone order blank. A couple of days later Plaintiff telephoned his acceptance and Arden wired back “welcome.” When Plaintiff showed up for work a payroll card was made stipulating his salary as above that was initialed by a manager. After 6 months he received the first increase, but not the second increase after 12 months. Plaintiff spoke with the comptroller who agreed to help Plaintiff fix problem and they filled out another payroll card. But, Arden refused to approve the increase so Plaintiff left and sued for breach of contract.The trial court found for Plaintiff and awarded $14K. On appeal the decision was affirmed.
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