Former Birmingham Market Manager Sues Cox Media Group Over Unpaid Bonus
June 11, 2013 at 4:39 AM (PT)
Former COX MEDIA GROUP/BIRMINGHAM VP/Market Mgr. DAVID DUBOSE is suing his former employer for $310,686.97 he says the company promised him as bonus pay for staying with the cluster while it was in the process of being sold to his present employer SUMMITMEDIA.
DUBOSE, a 15-year veteran of COX in BIRMINGHAM who is now EVP/COO of SUMMITMEDIA, is alleging that COX's then-President DAVID FRANKLIN promised him the bonus, then increased the ante when the sale did not close by the end of 2012.
He says that he was told after the closing by COX's PAUL CURRAN and MICHAEL JOSEPH that the company would not pay the bonus. The suit also alleges that COX relied on DUBOSE's "expertise and personal relationships with broadcasting executives and industry contacts to aid COX in upgrading the signal strength of several COX radio stations" in BIRMINGHAM, ORLANDO, JACKSONVILLE, ATLANTA, DAYTON, TULSA, RICHMOND, STAMFORD, TAMPA and GREENVILLE, for which COX paid him $100,000 in 2002 and told him he would be paid more for additional work since then, but did not.
Finally, DUBOSE alleges that COX adopted "unrealistic and wholly unreachable" revenue and expense goals for 2012 to inflate the value of the BIRMINGHAM cluster and other stations.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of ALABAMA, Southern Division on FRIDAY (6/7).