Man sues over unexpected termination

Dan Harkins Jun. 27, 2015, 11:30am

A man terminated in the early days of his employment is suing his former company for allegedly having no cause to do so.

Brian Brandt filed a complaint June 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against AON Corp. and Velocity Talent Inc.

According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 11, 2014, AON hired Brandt, delivering to him Guidelines Regarding Ethical Conduct and a Non-Solicitation Agreement. Velocity Talent was a recruiting agency. The lawsuit states that there is a disagreement over the terms by which AON could fire Brandt, who believes his materials state that he can only be terminated for "cause."

At his interview, on Nov. 20, 2014, he was allegedly told that he would be needed to form an executive presence for the company in New York City, so, the lawsuit states, upon agreeing to the employment terms on Dec. 11, Brandt listed his home with a real estate agent and put his vehicle in storage. However, the lawsuit states, he was terminated on Jan. 15, 2015. He believes he did nothing that would "cause" AON to terminate him.

The plaintiff, citing breach of implied contract, negligent misrepresentation and promissory estoppel, seeks damages in excess of $1 million, plus costs. He is represented by attorney John M. O'Toole of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006564.

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