Modeling the wrong way out of a contract?Posted On: Aug. 27, 2019 1:36 PM CST
Ford Models is suing one of its former executives claiming she lied about her husband dying of a terminal illness to get out of her employment contract and work for a competitor.
The model and talent agency claims Josee Neron, former vice president of operations, told superiors in May that her husband was suffering from a "potentially terminal illness" and that the couple was planning to sell their Connecticut home “so that she could care for her husband on a full-time basis,” according to court documents filed in Manhattan this month and accessed by Newsweek magazine.
She allegedly asked the agency to let her out of her two-year, $750,000 contract without running afoul of a non-compete clause, “only so she could work as a consultant in Canada and care for her husband,” according to the magazine.
Her bosses say they agreed and Ms. Neron left Ford in July 2019, but not before she reportedly took a position at Women Management, a rival Manhattan modeling agency, and took with her confidential documents from Ford Models, according to the article.
"Ford soon learned that rather than resigning to care for her seriously ill husband on a full-time basis, [Neron] had in fact staged that tale to gain a release from her non-compete," the suit alleges.
The agency is now seeking undisclosed compensatory damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and "faithless servant forfeiture of compensation,” according to Newsweek.