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Crabtree v. Elizabeth Arden Sales Corp.
Citation:305 N.Y. 48.
During 1946, the plaintiff entered into preliminary negotiations with the defendant for his employment as a sales manages. The plaintiff requested a three-year contract at $25,000 a year. He repeated this this desire to Ms. Elizabeth Arden, owner of the defendant. Ms. Arden told the plaintiff that she was willing to offer him a two-year contract where he was paid $20,000 for the first six months, $25,000 for the second six months and $30,000 for the second year with $5000 in expenses for each year. Ms. Arden had her secretary make a note of the agreement on a blank telephone order stating those terms. The plaintiff accepted the job. When the plaintiff showed up for work, there was a payroll card prepared for the plaintiff stating the same terms. In the first year, the plaintiff was paid the $20,000 and the $25,000. However the increase to $30,000 was not paid. Another payroll card was prepared stating the salary increase, but Ms. Arden refused to approve the increase. The plaintiff left the job.
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