Stock Options For High Technology Businesses

Stock options formerly could be included as a part of an employment package for a high technology company as additional compensation. These stock options may provide the catalyst for lawsuits and must be entered into carfully. The scenario where the stock options disappear or lose their value, employers can face lawsuits from disgruntled employees. Federal and state laws have involved employee stock options; including employee benefits laws, securities laws, federal discrimination laws and state contract and fraud theories.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How can issues of wrongful termination occur and what can be done to prevent these claims?
How can claims for misreprsentation, fraud and related contract claims ensue?
How can claims arise under mergers and acquisitions?
How could the employment contract be drafted in an effort to avoid litigation?

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