The Inbox - January 24, 2014

| Marcus, Ellen

"woman refusing cash"
  • IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty said on Tuesday that she is passing up her annual bonus after the company missed its quarterly earnings expectations and its annual revenues declined in 2013.
  • Meanwhile, former Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro’s severance, with an estimated value of $60 million, is being called one of the largest golden parachutes ever for a fired executive.   See our post earlier this week explaining how employment agreements can lead to severance payments even to executives who were asked to leave for poor performance.
  • We don’t know whether de Castro got to take his personal data with him.  The Wall Street Journal reported this week that 21 percent of companies remotely wipe clean data from phones and tablets used by employees for work activities when an employee quits or is fired, even where the employee owns the device and even where the employee stored personal data on the device.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (see Erica Plaso v. IJKG opinion) affirmed the judgment against a consultant who sued the hospital where she had worked for a hostile working environment, claiming that she was sexually harassed on the job.  The Third Circuit agreed with the trial court that the hospital wasn’t the consultant’s employer for purposes of Title VII, and that her employer was the consulting company that contracted with the hospital to provide services.