I am considering quitting my job as CEO of a not for Profit. I have been on the job just over 2 years. My Board has

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Customer: i am considering quitting my job as CEO of a not for Profit. I have been on the job just over 2 years. My Board has treated me poorly and my health and wellbeing are suffering.
JA: Have you discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: With HR. I am the Executive Director
JA: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?
Customer: at will , non unionized
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I am considering quitting on Monday of this week. currently my staff of 42 are in great shape. The organization is ahead of budget and our programs are running very successfully. Our Board lack good governance including not follwing terms of office ( Board chair in role for 14 years) Board gets engaged in operations including HR
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Hello! Thanks for coming to the site. I am an attorney ready to answer your questions. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating, All that means is that you can count on me to help today. Thanks for providing a description of your situation. Can you tell me what specific questions you have for me today? What is it you’d like to know today? Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only.

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I was hired to bring about fresh change to the organization. I have been successful in remolding staff and programming, we are financially successful. Since I was hired I have had one Board member who has belittled me on numerous occasions, i have welcomed him to one on one meetings to discuss and he refuses?? Off the cuff he comes up with outlandish requests at Board meetings and refuses to prepare properly for meetings. this causes constant disruptions. He has engaged directly in HR issues causing distrust and unrest within staff. He did so without even consulting our HR Manager and following policy. As he is a 14 year veteran on the Board, new , younger members hesitate to challenge he ways and he is allowed to dominate. My Board Chair is very nice but weak. She is intimdated and does nothing. I have tried to resolve this matter , in writing, numerous times and he will not even meet to improve our relationship. I suspect he is now plotting to fire me. Certainly our toxic relationship is hurting our organization which is at a cricial time, when smart teamwork is required. I feel I am being pushed out the door for unknown reason. He has not liked me since I was hired. He was on the hiring committee?? I have a solid relationship with staff and clients. Work is great, simply my relationship with this Board member and the Board is no longer acceptable.
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I hear you. Unfortunately, I don't see a legal question regarding this. It seems as if this may be a dispute you have to handle with your board and your employees, unfortunately. Also, I'm so sorry. I see that you are in a different country; not the United States. The system is still in the process of properly filtering out by country, but it’s not there yet. This is particularly troublesome for English-speaking countries like yours. This means that I have to opt out of this discussion, alert our moderators, and have them shift you to the appropriate website so a legal expert licensed in your country can help. Thanks so much and I apologize for the inconvenience.

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different expert here.

what can I answer for you?

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I was hired to bring about fresh change to the organization. I have been successful in remolding staff and programming, we are financially successful. Since I was hired I have had one Board member who has belittled me on numerous occasions, i have welcomed him to one on one meetings to discuss and he refuses?? Off the cuff he comes up with outlandish requests at Board meetings and refuses to prepare properly for meetings. this causes constant disruptions. He has engaged directly in HR issues causing distrust and unrest within staff. He did so without even consulting our HR Manager and following policy. As he is a 14 year veteran on the Board, new , younger members hesitate to challenge he ways and he is allowed to dominate. My Board Chair is very nice but weak. She is intimdated and does nothing. I have tried to resolve this matter , in writing, numerous times and he will not even meet to improve our relationship. I suspect he is now plotting to fire me. Certainly our toxic relationship is hurting our organization which is at a cricial time, when smart teamwork is required. I feel I am being pushed out the door for unknown reason. He has not liked me since I was hired. He was on the hiring committee?? I have a solid relationship with staff and clients. Work is great, simply my relationship with this Board member and the Board is no longer acceptable.
23 November 2019 07:36Legal EagleLegal Eagle Employment Lawyer
I hear you. Unfortunately, I don't see a legal question regarding this. It seems as if this may be a dispute you have to handle with your board and your employees, unfortunately. Also, I'm so sorry. I see that you are in a different country; not the United States. The system is still in the process of properly filtering out by country, but it’s not there yet. This is particularly troublesome for English-speaking countries like yours. This means that I have to opt out of this discussion, alert our moderators, and have them shift you to the appropriate website so a legal expert licensed in your country can help. Thanks so much and I apologize for the inconvenience.
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I feel i am being forced to quit, constructive dismissal. How do i handle this wisely? Should I sue or propose an exit agreement of some sort
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I would look to negotiate an exit with severance.
Normally a separation agreement is negotiated with a package and exchange of releases.While we cannot represent customers, martindale.com and findlaw.com are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options!If my reply is acceptable please reply “yes” or “acceptable” - that’s how I get credit by the site.
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Should I quit first. If they may release me without cause I will be hurt professionally as i have never been close to being let go anywhere and I want to avoid that
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dont resign. negotiate the agreement first and wait for their draft to review.

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meant 5 stars should I be blunt that I think it is time to part ways? what if they fire me without cause?
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I would note that things dont seem to be working out well, and both sides should consider an ecxit package, and if needed have local counsel have the talk.

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