Estate sues employer for salary and benefits

Steve Gonzalez Jul. 26, 2005, 4:34am

The estate of James Rivetta filed suit against his former employer Alion Science and Technology of McLean, Va. alleging the company failed to pay Rivetta’s salary and benefits until he died in May.

According to its website, Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers.

Alion was formed in December 2002 with 1,600 employees of the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI)--founded in 1936--who purchased substantial assets of IITRI.

According to the complaint filed in St. Clair County, on May 29, 2001, Alion entered into an agreement to pay Rivetta $125,000 a year for services rendered in the scope of his employment, but without just cause, terminated the agreement on July 12, 2003.

The estate claims that it sustained damages in excess of $250,000 plus interest, attorney fees, and costs of the suit and seeks a judgment declaring Alion to be in breach of its employment agreement, a judgment for actual damages and any other relief the court deems just and appropriate.

The estate is represented by Gerald Dunne of Dunne Bodet in St. Louis.

05 L 415 (20th Circuit)

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