Separation Agreement & Release - Maytag Corp. and Fred Wohlschlaeger
SEPARATION AGREEMENT & RELEASE
MUST BE RECEIVED BY J. O. NICHOLAS, HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, ON OR BEFORE
MARCH 26, 2001, by 4:30 p.m. C.S.T.
TO BE COMPLETED BY J. O. Nicholas Only
RECEIVED _____________________ ________
In consideration for the Separation Benefits described in Section II of the
letter to me dated January 30, 2001 (amended 2/19/01), from Jon Nicholas (and
attached to this Agreement) I, Fred Wohlschlaeger, voluntarily agree as
1. I, on behalf of myself, heirs, administrators, assigns and successors,
release the Parties Released (as defined in paragraph 4) from any and all
liability whatsoever for all claims, demands, and causes of action of every
nature affecting me, which I may have or ever claim to have arising out of
my employment by Maytag Appliances, Maytag Corporation, its divisions,
companies and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the "Company")
including, but not limited to my recruitment, selection, retention, payment
of compensation, employee benefits or retirement, with the exception of:
(a) My rights under the Maytag Corporation Employees Retirement Plan and
Salary Savings Plan (including E.S.O.P.), which have accrued through
the end of my employment with the Company; and
(b) My rights under the Maytag Corporation Deferred Compensation Plan,
according to the terms of the Plan.
(c) Any rights to defense of or indemnification against third party
claims (including third party claims such as shareholder derivative
actions which are nominally treated as claims by the Company) to
which I am, may or, except for this Agreement, would be entitled by
law, the Company's Articles of Incorporation or any existing
insurance agreement, and I agree to cooperate with the Company in
the defense of any such claims.
(d) Rights or claims that arise after the date this Separation Agreement
and Release (Separation Agreement) is signed or rights that cannot
be waived by law.
2. Without limiting the generality of Section 1, I release the Parties
Released from all claims, demands, and causes of action which were or could
have been asserted under any legal theory, statute or common law
whatsoever, including, but not limited to, breach of any express or implied
contract (whether intentional or otherwise); tort (whether negligent,
or otherwise); violation of public policy; violation of any federal, state
or local law, regulation or ordinance (including, but not limited to, the
Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1870, and 1871, as amended; the Civil Rights Act
of 1964, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as
amended; the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended;
the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, as amended;
the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended; all state and local
civil rights or other employment-related laws of Iowa, the state and local
civil rights laws of Maytag Corporation headquarters; and any other United
States federal, state or local laws.
3. Without limiting the generality of Section 1, I also release the Parties
Released from all claims, demands, and causes of action which could have
been asserted under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as
4. The Parties Released are the Company; its predecessors, successors,
divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, and parent corporations; the insurers,
administrators, trustees and fiduciaries of any employee benefit plan
maintained by or on behalf of any of the foregoing; the officers,
directors, employees and agents of any of the foregoing; and all other
persons, firms and corporations.
5. I agree never to sue any of the Parties Released and I understand and agree
that I am waiving my right to all relief based on any claim of any type
whatsoever arising out of or related to my employment or separation from
employment with the Parties Released. If any claim is made by me or someone
on my behalf with a state, federal or local civil rights agency such as the
EEOC, I agree to indemnify the Parties Released for any monies I (or the
EEOC on my behalf) receive.
6. I further acknowledge and agree in the event that I materially breach any
part of this Separation Agreement: (a) the Parties Released will be
entitled to apply for and receive an injunction to restrain any violation;
(b) I will receive no Separation Benefits; (c) I will be obligated to pay
to the Parties Released its costs and expenses in enforcing this Separation
Agreement and defending against such lawsuit (including court costs,
expenses, and reasonable legal fees), and (d) I will be obligated upon
demand to repay to the Parties Released all but $100.00 of the Separation
Benefits paid to me, and the foregoing will not affect the validity of this
7. This Release extends to any claims which I may have against the Parties
Released for attorney's fees, expenses and court costs (if any). I
acknowledge that I am solely responsible for paying my attorney's fees,
expenses and court costs (if any).
8. This Release extends to all claims which I do not know or suspect to exist
in my favor and which, if known at the time of executing this Release, may
have materially affected this settlement with the Parties Released.
9. I have been given a list of job titles and ages of individuals in the
organizational unit who are eligible for a Separation Benefit, as well as a
list of ages of individuals who were not eligible.
As additional consideration for the benefits which I will receive in accordance
with the terms and conditions of this agreement, I agree to not disclose,
use, publish, or authorize anyone else to disclose, use or publish, any
confidential or secret technical or non-technical business information
pertaining to the Company, including any of their operations, without the
express written consent of the Company. I further agree to immediately return to
Maytag Corporation, unless otherwise agreed in writing, all confidential
information and documents in whatever media or form in my possession or under my
control. Confidential Information includes, but is not limited to, short and
long-range plans, product design and development plans, pricing and marketing
strategies, promotional programs, manufacturing equipment and processes, sales
and distribution networks, organization structure and personnel, and proprietary
or confidential information of third parties which is protected by non-
disclosure agreements between the Company or its operations and any third party.
I further agree that the terms and provisions of this Agreement are
confidential, as well as the circumstances and discussion leading to this
Agreement, and shall not be communicated in any manner to any person except to
my spouse, attorney, tax advisor(s) or as required by court order. My spouse
and tax advisor will be advised that these matters are confidential as well.
Because I am privy to the foregoing Confidential Information and as additional
consideration for the receipt of the Separation Benefits described in the
Letter, I agree to not work as an employee, contractor, consultant, or otherwise
for any competing home or commercial appliance manufacturer before the end of
one year from the date this agreement is signed in any capacity similar to my
employment with Maytag, unless the Company consents to such work in writing,
which consent will not be unreasonably withheld.
1. This Agreement shall be subject to the substantive laws (without regard to
the conflicts of laws provision) of the State of Iowa. In case any portion
of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable, the same
are intended to be severable, shall be construed to be severable, and any
such invalidity or unenforceability shall neither defeat nor impair the
remaining provisions of this Agreement.
2. I agree that neither the existence of this Separation Agreement nor
anything contained in this Agreement shall constitute an admission of any
liability on the part of the Parties Released; any and all such liability
is expressly denied.
3. I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A PERIOD OF FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO CONSIDER
THIS AGREEMENT. I UNDERSTAND THAT I CAN REVOKE THIS AGREEMENT IN WRITING
ANY TIME WITHIN SEVEN (7) CALENDAR DAYS OF ITS RECEIPT BY THE COMPANY'S
HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT. WRITTEN NOTICE OF REVOCATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY
THE COMPANY'S HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SEVEN (7) CALENDAR DAY
PERIOD. IF I DO NOT REVOKE THIS AGREEMENT IT WILL BE EFFECTIVE AFTER THE
SEVEN (7) DAY PERIOD HAS EXPIRED.
4. I AGREE THAT NO REPRESENTATION OF ANY FACT OR OPINION HAS BEEN MADE BY THE
PARTIES RELEASED TO INDUCE THIS AGREEMENT AND I AGREE THAT THE PARTIES
RELEASED HAVE MADE NO ADMISSIONS OF LIABILITY OF ANY SORT.
5. I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, AND FREELY AND
VOLUNTARILY SIGN IT. NO ONE HAS MADE ANY PROMISES OR REPRESENTATIONS TO ME
OTHER THAN WHAT IS REFERENCED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE. THE COMPANY ADVISES YOU TO CONSULT WITH AN
ATTORNEY PRIOR TO EXECUTING THIS AGREEMENT.
Signed this 25th day of March, 2001
/s/ Fred Wohlschlaeger
Attachment: Letter from Jon Nicholas dated January 30, 2001 (amended 2/19/01)
January 30, 2001 (Amended 2/19/01)
Mr. Fred Wohlschlaeger
As you have discussed with Len Hadley, Lester Crown, and Howard Clark, you
believe that your employment opportunity with Maytag is not developing as you
had envisioned. As a result, you have indicated a desire to seek other
employment. This letter will outline the options and benefits available to you
based on your last day of employment, January 31, 2001, (the "Separation Date").
I. You will receive the following items:
1. A lump sum payment in the amount of $45,833, subject to normal
withholding, which represents two (2) months' salary, payable after
January 31, 2001.
2. A lump sum payout, less withholding, of your 2000 Incentive
Compensation Plan (bonus) in February 2001, at whatever level is
achieved by the Corporation and considering your target level.
($37,267.00 less withholding.)
3. Vacation pay (less applicable withholding) based on accrued, but
unused, vacation hours as of the Separation Date, payable after the
4. The opportunity to request disbursement of all sums from the Maytag
Corporation Salary Savings Plan, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, the
Employee Stock Purchase Plan, the Maytag Deferred Compensation Plan, or
other similar plans as applicable under the particular plan
requirements. Review these Plans carefully to determine applicable
deadlines. This separation does not qualify as a retirement.
5. The opportunity to continue health care coverage under COBRA (including
medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs, if applicable). You
will receive a separate letter on your COBRA options.
Mr. Fred Wohlschlaeger
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January 30, 2001 (Amended 2/19/01)
6. Outplacement services from a provider of your choice at Maytag's
expense, not to exceed $55,000. Maytag will pay the provider
directly. You must initiate these services by April 1, 2001.
II. Provided you sign a Separation Agreement and Release and return it to me
by March 19, 2001, and you do not revoke your decision within seven (7)
days (the "Revocation Period") after our receipt of that document, you
will receive the following additional enhanced Separation Benefits.
1. In lieu of the payment in paragraph I.1, Maytag will pay you a lump
sum payment in the amount of $275,000, subject to normal
withholding, which represents twelve (12) months' salary.
2. A lump sum payment of $150,500, payable in March 2001, subject to
normal tax withholding, in lieu of any proration of long-term
incentives and all other financial considerations.
3. Maytag will pay you a lump sum payment of 130% of the difference in
your COBRA coverage cost and your current employee contribution for
eighteen (18) months, less withholding. You may use these monies to
purchase COBRA continuation coverage or not, at your option. It is
your responsibility, however, to apply for COBRA, if you elect to do
so, by making the necessary notifications to the Benefits Department
and paying the appropriate premiums. Information will be contained
in a letter you will receive from Benefits after your Separation
Date about how to elect COBRA coverage.
4. Executive Appliances - You may receive the following appliances
under the Executive Appliance Test Program: one dishwasher, one
residential cooktop, one residential dual or combination built-in
oven unit. You will be required to pay the tax on the value of this
benefit; the items should be ordered and delivered by July 1, 2001.
5. You will be entitled to receive the executive tax preparation
service from Ernst & Young at Maytag's expense for the year 2000, up
to a maximum of $2,000. The value of this service will be considered
taxable income to you.
6. You will be entitled to receive outplacement services of an
additional $7,000 to a provider of your choice. Maytag will pay the
provider directly. You must initiate these services by April 1,
Mr. Fred Wohlschlaeger
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January 30, 2001 (Amended 2/19/01)
7. Lump sum payments will be made within fifteen (15) days after the
seven (7) day Revocation Period expires.
8. Maytag will provide a Release of Claims against you.
These enhanced benefits are also contingent upon a letter of
resignation of all your offices and appointments, including all
director or officer positions for Maytag subsidiaries and your
agreement that you will make yourself available after the Separation
Date, as may be requested at mutually convenient times and places with
respect to pending and future business or legal matters, arbitrations,
governmental investigations, or other dispute resolutions relating to
matters that arose during your employment. Maytag will reimburse you
for all reasonable expenses and costs you may incur as a result of
providing this assistance, upon receipt of proper documentation.
Please note the enclosed copy of your signed Confidentiality and Intellectual
Property Rights Agreement. This Agreement continues in effect even after your
employment ends at Maytag.
Fred, we trust you will agree with this proposal to provide you with enhanced
benefits not otherwise available. If so, please sign and return the Separation
Agreement to me on or before March 19, 2001, the date on which this offer will
expire if not accepted by you.
Should you have any questions, please let me know.
/s/ John O. Nicholas
Enclosures: Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Rights Agreement
Letter of Resignation
Separation Agreement & Release