Report: Ex-coach Nowak suing Union
Exiled from the Union, former coach Peter Nowak wants his money.
According to a report from Philly.com
on Tuesday, citing complaint documents filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Nowak is suing the Union for failure to pay severance money owed after being fired on June 13.
The organization responded with this:
"The team disputes the allegations in complaint and will vigorously defend against the lawsuit."
Nowak’s contract with the Union runs through 2015. However, the Union are refusing to honor the full severance because Nowak will not agree on a reduced payment. The Union have threatened with a “for cause” termination, meaning Nowak, by breaking the employment contract, would receive no severance.
Nowak and his lawyers are disputing the “for cause” claim and hoping to earn Nowak’s full contract payment through 2015.
Per the complaint …
“Defendants have no good faith basis for their assertion of a "for cause" termination… In addition, even if Defendants have grounds for a claim of contractual breach under Paragraph III (A), Defendants have failed to satisfy the condition precedent to termination of the contract and/or breached the contract by: (I) failing to provide Mr. Nowak with notice of the termination before it actually occurred and/or (2) failing to provide Mr. Nowak with an opportunity to cure the concerns as stated in the "for cause" letter.”
As the documents state, the Union were expected to pay Nowak a salary of $1 million ($31,087.50/month) but have been withholding payment. Nowak’s camp is claiming the Union did not have just cause for firing him, thus keeping him within his contract.
The most interesting element of the report is the release of Nowak’s termination papers, which will determine if his firing was just.
The list begins with Nowak’s violation of team rules -- suspensions, fines and the most surprising, “subjecting Team players to inappropriate hazing activities and engaging in behavior that put the health and safety of Team players at risk.”
The report noted that Nowak would often train his team rigorously in the heat, denying them water and ignoring the advice of the head athletic trainer. He put the player’s health and safety at risk.
Nowak was also flagged for actively seeking employment from other soccer clubs, which points to the leak in early June that Nowak applied for the head coaching position at Scottish Premier League team Hearts, just prior to his termination. Nowak was also called on making “disparaging remarks to third parties regarding Club, its management and its ownership.”
The report included, “creating a hostile work environment and culture of fear for Team players and other front office employees by orally berating and physically intimidating fellow employees.” Along with direct run-ins with Union Chief Executive Officer Nick Sakiewicz.E-mail Ryan Bright at email@example.com.