Former Boston Globe Chief Operating Officer Sean Keohan is suing the Globe and owner John Henry over the way he was terminated in 2017, saying he was denied a severance package he should have gotten.
In his suit, filed yesterday in US District Court, Keohan said he is owed benefits under a Globe severance plan for employees "who suffer a loss of employment," which he says he obviously did on Sept. 12, 2017, when "the Globe’s President and Chief Financial Officer, Vinay Mehra, informed Keohan that his Globe email was being shut-down immediately, and he was instructed to promptly leave the premises."
Keohan, who started at the Globe in 1985, alleges that the CFO of John Henry's parent company told him Henry just didn't want to pay him severance, and then followed up with a formal letter in which he claimed the Globe had ended its severance plan in 2014. Keohan, who was making $245,000 a year at the time of his firing, charges that was a lie:
Globe employees had, in fact, been provided severance benefits under the Plan in the years following October 21, 2014, including without limitation, Chief Financial Officer James Levy, advertising executive Jason Kissell, Controller Karen Bray, and Editorial Page Editor Peter Canellos.
Keohan seeks severance pay, plus damages and attorneys' fees.