Fired employee alleges she was not given promised severance, benefits

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

HOUSTON — A Harris County woman is suing her former employer, alleging she was not given the severance pay she was entitled to after being terminated.

Cynthia A. Esquivo filed a complaint March 15 in the Harris County District Court against CV Systems LLC and CONIX Systems LLC, alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, Esquivo was an employee of CONIX from September 1997 to March 15, 2017. The plaintiff says she entered into an employment agreement on May 27, 2002, which required the defendant to reimburse Esquivo for reasonable expenses. 

The agreement also allegedly stated that an employee would be given 18 months of severance and 18 months of medical coverage if termination occurred.

Esquivo says she began to take care of her parents in 2012 while also fulfilling her duties at work. In March 2017, the company was downsized, and the plaintiff was laid off, the suit says. 

The plaintiff alleges she was not given the severance and medical coverage that the agreement promised, and she was also not paid back a number of expenses that should have been reimbursed.

Esquivo seeks trial by jury, damages between $100,000 and $200,000, court costs, attorney fees and all other just relief. She is represented by attorneys Benjamin F. Foster and Doug Salisbury of Foster Salisbury PLLC in Houston

Harris County District Court case number 2019-19303

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