SEPARATION AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, INC. (“Employer”) and Timothy Neiman (“Employee”), enter into this Separation Agreement and General Release (this “Agreement”). WHEREAS, Employee was employed by Employer as Golf Sales Assoc; WHEREAS, the Company terminated Employee’s employment effective Thursday, February 02, 2023 (the “Termination Date”); and,
WHEREAS, Employer is willing to pay Employee certain severance in exchange for a release of claims and other commitments.
NOW THEREFORE, and in consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, Employer and Employee agree as follows:
a. “Company” means: Employer and any entity that controls, is under common control with or is controlled by Employer, which includes without limitation Golf Galaxy, LLC.
b. “Releasees” means: the Company; the present or former directors, members, officers, shareholders, employees, affiliates, agents and advisors (including attorneys) of each entity constituting the Company; and the current or former trustees or administrators of any pension or other benefit plan applicable to the employees or former employees of any of the entities constituting the Company. 2. Termination of Employment.
a. The Employer timely paid or will timely pay Employee in accordance with its normal payroll and other procedures (or as otherwise required by law) for Employee’s work through the Termination Date, less all required tax withholdings and other deductions. Employee will receive this payment regardless of whether Employee signs or revokes this Agreement.
b. If Employee was enrolled in Employer’s medical benefit plans, Employee’s coverage under such plans shall cease as of Tuesday, February 28, 2023. As of the Termination Date, all of Employee’s other fringe benefits shall cease. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent provided by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, if applicable, state insurance laws, and by the Company’s current group health insurance policies, Employee may be eligible to continue Employee’s group health insurance benefits subject to payment of the applicable premium.
3. Effective Date. This Agreement shall not become effective in any respect until the Revocation Period as set forth in Section 19(f) has expired without notice of revocation. In the absence of Employee’s revocation of this Agreement, the eighth day after Employee’s execution of this Agreement shall be the “Effective Date” of this Agreement. 2
4. Severance Payments and Benefits.
a. Employer agrees to pay Employee severance in the amount of $593.46
(“Severance”), payable in one (1) lump sum payment. The Severance shall be paid on Employer’s first regular pay date after the Effective Date. b. Severance shall be subject to any applicable federal, state or local income and employment tax withholding, reporting or other requirements. Employee acknowledges and understands that the amounts paid to Employee or on Employee’s behalf will be reported to the United States Internal Revenue Service and other appropriate taxing agencies in accordance with all federal, state and local tax reporting requirements. Employee further agrees that Employee shall be responsible for Employee’s tax liabilities associated with such payments and that Employee shall indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees with respect to any tax liability or penalty relating to the payments or the matters encompassed herein.
5. General Release and Waiver of Claims.
a. Employee irrevocably and unconditionally releases, acquits and forever discharges Releasees of and from any and all charges, complaints, claims, causes of action, suits and debts, of whatever nature, related in any way to Employee’s employment by any Releasee or termination thereof, occurring or accruing on or before the date Employee executes this Agreement, whether known or unknown, asserted or unasserted, that Employee now has, may have, or claims to have against Employer or any of the other Releasees. This includes any and all such claims or causes of action that Employee could make on Employee’s own behalf, but also those that may or could be brought by any person or entity on Employee’s behalf.
b. The release and waiver set forth in Section 5(a) includes, but is not limited to, any claims arising under any federal, state or local statutes, regulations, ordinances or common laws, specifically including, but not limited to (and in each case as it may have been amended): the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”); the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”); the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Family and Medical Leave Act; 42 U.S.C. Section 1981; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act; the Occupational Safety and Health Act; the Equal Pay Act; and any common law claims, including but not limited to those alleging wrongful discharge, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, promissory or equitable estoppel, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, breach of duty and/or claims for attorney’s fees, punitive, compensatory and liquidated damages, expenses or costs. Employee acknowledges that he/she has not made and does not have any claims or allegations related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse and none of the payments set forth in this Agreement are related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse.
c. Notwithstanding Sections 5(a) and (b), the release set forth therein does not and is not intended to (i) release any claims that cannot be released by law, such as claims for workers compensation benefits, or (ii) preclude Employee from seeking a judicial determination of the validity of the release of Employee’s rights under the ADEA.
d. Notwithstanding Sections 5(a) and (b), nothing in this Agreement prohibits or prevents Employee from filing a charge with or participating, testifying, or assisting in any investigation, hearing, whistleblower proceeding or other proceeding before any federal, state, or local government agency (e.g. EEOC, NLRB, SEC, etc.), nor does anything in this Agreement preclude, prohibit, or otherwise limit, in any way, Employee’s rights and abilities to contact, communicate with, report matters to, or otherwise participate in any whistleblower program administered by any such agencies. However, to the maximum extent permitted by law, Employee is waiving his/her right to receive any individual monetary relief from the Releasees resulting from such claims or conduct, regardless of whether Employee or another party has filed them, and in the event Employee obtains such monetary relief the Company will be entitled to an offset for the payments made pursuant to this Agreement. This Agreement does not limit Employee’s right to receive an award from any federal, state, or local government agency that provides awards for providing information relating to a potential violation of law. Employee does not need the prior authorization of the Company to engage in conduct protected by this Section 5(d), and Employee does not need to notify the Company that Employee has engaged in such conduct. Please take notice that federal law provides criminal and civil immunity to federal and state claims for trade secret misappropriation to individuals who disclose a trade secret to their attorney, a court, or a government official in certain, confidential circumstances that are set forth at 18 U.S.C. §§ 1833(b)(1) and 1833(b)(2), related to the reporting or investigation of a suspected violation of the law, or in connection with a lawsuit for retaliation for reporting a suspected violation of the law.
e. Notwithstanding Sections 5(a) and (b), the release, waiver and other provisions of this Agreement do not diminish or otherwise adversely impact any vested benefits to which Employee might be entitled pursuant to any employee benefit plan maintained by Employer.
6. Return of Company Materials and Property. All documents and other property that relate to the business of the Company are the exclusive property of the Company, even if Employee authored or created them. Employee represents that Employee has returned to Employer any and all such documents and property, including, but not limited to, electronic and paper documents, software, equipment (including, but not limited to, mobile devices, computers and computer-related items), and all other materials or other things (including, but not limited to, identification and keys), as well as any copies, in whatever form. 7. Cooperation. At the Company’s request, Employee shall be reasonably available to the Company and cooperate with the Company with respect to the investigation, defense or prosecution of matters that relate to any threatened, present or future claims or proceedings that involve the Company or the other Releasees and about which Employee reasonably may have knowledge. Employee acknowledges that providing such cooperation may include, without limitation, meeting with attorneys and other Company representatives to prepare for depositions or testimony and giving depositions and testimony. Employer shall pay Employee’s reasonable costs and expenses incurred in connection with Employee’s performance of Employee’s obligations under this Section 7 at the request of the Company. 8. Confidentiality; Nondisclosure of Information; Assignment of Inventions. 4
a. Except as expressly permitted by Employer in writing or as required by law, Employee shall not at any time disclose to any person or entity or use for Employee’s own benefit or for the benefit of any person or entity other than the Company, any proprietary or confidential information (“Confidential Information”) disclosed to, obtained by or developed by Employee during Employee’s employment by the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, the term Confidential Information shall include, but not be limited to, any and all information in whatever form, whether written, electronically stored, orally transmitted or memorized, pertaining to: any trade secret; confidential or non-public information (including, but not limited to, any materials or information Company designates as being proprietary or confidential); knowledge or data, whether of a technical or commercial nature; sales or production records or data; long and short term goals; license arrangements and terms; confidential matters concerning private label brand offerings; records or records databases; ledgers; business correspondence; memoranda; programs; product or service pricing and pricing policies; business development plans; products and technologies; designs; product tests; manufacturing costs; sales and marketing plans; research and development plans; formulas; Inventions (as defined in Section 8(c)); trademarks; patents and patent filings; technical information; copyrighted material or other intellectual property; financial statements; financial plans or other financial information; tax information; proprietary software; personnel information and files; engineering and tooling records and data; managerial and operational policies; ideas; plans; methods; practices and procedures; vendor and/or supply arrangements; techniques; vendor or supplier lists; marketing strategies; customer lists; customer records and other information regarding customers; the terms of this Agreement as outlined in Section 9; other confidential business information related to the conduct or strategy of the business of Company and other information relating to the business of Company that is not known generally to the public or in the industry; and confidential information of third parties that Company has received and is required to keep confidential. b. Employee is aware of the restrictions imposed by federal and state securities laws on a person possessing material, non-public information. Employee further acknowledges that the disclosure of any material, non-public information to another person who would or does conduct trades in any securities while in possession of any material, non- public information is a violation of law, which could subject Employee and persons to whom the information was disclosed to civil and criminal penalties under the securities laws of the United States.
c. Any and all inventions, products, technologies, records, drawings, documentation, discoveries, improvements, processes, formulae, methods, techniques, designs, devices, apparatuses, practices, content, creative works of authorship, computer programs (including source and object code), databases or styles, concepts, ideas, or other Confidential Information, whether or not patentable or copyrightable (collectively referred to as “Inventions”) written, made, conceived, first reduced to practice, edited, amended, developed or created by Employee, alone or in conjunction with others, during regular hours of work or otherwise, during Employee’s term of employment by Employer, that may be directly or indirectly useful in or related to the business of, information of, technology of, investigations or tests being carried out by the Company, are the exclusive property of the Company. Employee hereby assigns the entire right, interest, and title to all Inventions to the Company or any party designated by the Company and will, upon Employer’s request, whether before or after the Termination Date, execute all documents, including, without limitation, patent and copyright applications and registrations, necessary or advisable in the opinion of Employer or its counsel to direct issuance of any type of intellectual property right to the Company with respect to Inventions that are the exclusive property of the Company 5
under this Section 8(c) or to vest in the Company title to such Inventions and shall perform any and all further acts deemed reasonably necessary or desirable by the Company in order to confirm, realize the benefits of, or enforce rights herein granted and assigned by Employee to the Company. The expense of securing any such intellectual property right shall be borne by Employer. Employee will keep confidential and will hold for the Company’s sole benefit any Invention that is to be the Company’s exclusive property under this Section 8(c) for which no intellectual property right is issued. Employee waives and irrevocably quitclaims to the Company, to the extent permitted by law, any and all rights of any nature whatsoever, which Employee now has or hereafter may have for infringement of any and all proprietary rights assigned to Company.
d. If Employee is compelled by applicable law or governmental regulation or compulsory legal process to disclose Confidential Information, as defined in Section 8(a), Employee must notify Employer in advance and in writing via email@example.com, as soon as Employee is aware that disclosure is or may be required or appropriate, of the nature of any such proposed disclosure and the persons or entities to which such disclosure is proposed to be made, so that Employer has the opportunity to take such action as it deems necessary to protect its Confidential Information as defined in Section 8(a). 9. Confidentiality of Agreement.
a. Employee agrees that the existence, negotiation, terms and conditions of this Agreement are confidential. Except as expressly permitted by Employer in writing, and except for disclosures to Employee’s legal and financial advisors and members of Employee’s immediate family, Employee shall not disclose to any person or entity, this Agreement, the existence or nature hereof, or the terms or conditions set forth herein, or the circumstances surrounding Employee’s separation from Employer, and Employee shall take reasonable steps necessary or appropriate to cause the members of Employee’s family and Employee’s advisors, each of whom shall first agree to the same confidentiality restrictions, to abide by such disclosure restriction. Employee understands and agrees that nothing in this Agreement encompasses (or places any restriction upon Employee’s discussions regarding) employee wages, employee benefits, payroll information and other terms and conditions of employment, other than the terms of this Agreement, nor does anything in this Agreement interfere with in any way, restrict or impede any right any employee may have to engage in activity protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act without fear of retaliation, and/or any state or local laws protecting, for example, an employee’s right to discuss wages, terms and conditions of employment, etc.
b. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Agreement does not prohibit Employee from (i) providing truthful testimony in response to compulsory legal process, (ii) participating or assisting in any investigation or inquiry by a governmental agency acting within the scope of its statutory or regulatory jurisdiction or (iii) making truthful statements in connection with any claim permitted to be brought by Employee under Sections 5(c) or (d). 10. Non-Disparagement. Employee shall not make any disparaging or negative comments, whether oral or written, about the Company or any other Releasees and shall take reasonable steps necessary or appropriate to cause the members of Employee’s family and Employee’s advisors to abide by such disclosure restriction. This provision does not prohibit Employee from (i) providing truthful testimony in response to compulsory legal process, (ii) participating or assisting in any investigation or inquiry by a governmental agency acting 6
within the scope of its statutory or regulatory jurisdiction or (iii) making truthful statements in connection with any claim permitted to be brought by Employee under Sections 5(c) or (d). 11. Breach by Employee.
a. Employee understands and acknowledges that during the course of employment by the Company, Employee has had access to and learned about the Company’s Confidential Information as defined in Section 8(a). Employee further understands and acknowledges that this Confidential Information and the Company’s ability to reserve it for the exclusive knowledge and use of the Company is of great competitive importance and commercial value to the Company, and that improper use or disclosure of the Confidential Information by Employee will cause immediate and irreparable harm to the Company, including, but not limited to potential financial costs, loss of business advantage, liability under confidentiality agreements with third parties, civil damages and criminal penalties. Employee agrees that in the event that Employee comes to believe that any provision of this Agreement is not enforceable for any reason, particularly Section 8, Employee will not act in violation of any such provision until such time as a court of competent jurisdiction enters a final judgment with respect to enforceability. Accordingly, for all of the reasons outlined in this Section 11, if Employee hereafter fails to comply with the restrictions and obligations imposed upon Employee under this Agreement, the Company will not have an adequate remedy at law. It is agreed that under such circumstances, the Company, in addition to the right to terminate the payment of any amounts due to Employee hereunder and any other rights that it may have, whether at law, in equity or otherwise, shall be entitled to injunctive relief to enforce any such restrictions and obligations without the necessity of the Company to post a bond, and that in the event any actual proceedings are brought in equity to enforce any such restriction or obligation, Employee shall not raise as a defense that there is an adequate remedy at law. Employee hereby consents to the issuance of such injunction. In the event that the Company obtains any such injunction, order, decree or other relief, in law or in equity, Employee shall reimburse the Company for all costs and expenses associated with obtaining the relief, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, and expenses and costs of suit as it relates to Employer’s Confidential Information as defined in Section 8(a). Employee’s restrictions and obligations as set forth in Section 8(a) shall be in addition to any restrictions imposed upon Employee by statute or common law. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to prohibit the Company from pursuing any other available remedies for any such failure or threatened failure, including without limitation termination of payments and recovery of damages from Employee.
b. Employee will provide Employer with such information as Employer may from time to time reasonably request to determine Employee’s compliance with Section 8 of this Agreement. Employee authorizes Employer or its agents to contact Employee’s future employers and other persons or entities with which Employee has any business relationship to determine Employee’s compliance with this Agreement or to communicate the contents of this Agreement to such employers and other persons or entities. Employee releases the Company and the other Releasees from all liability for any damage arising from any such contacts or communications. The foregoing is in addition to, but not in lieu of, any and all rights the Company may have at law or in equity in the event of a breach of this Agreement by Employee.
c. If Employee breaches or threatens to breach any provision of this Agreement, all obligations of the Company hereunder, including without limitation the obligation to pay the Severance, shall cease immediately. 7
12. Non-Admission of Wrongdoing. The parties agree that neither this Agreement nor the furnishing of the consideration for the release described herein shall be deemed at any time as an admission by either party, or evidence of any liability or unlawful conduct of any kind.
13. Medicare Disclaimer. Employee represents that Employee is not a Medicare beneficiary as of the time Employee enters into this Agreement. 14. Governing Law; Personal Jurisdiction; Venue. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law. Employee irrevocably submits to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania or the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in any action or proceeding arising out of, or relating to, this Agreement or related to Employee’s employment with or termination from Employer (whether such action arises under contract, tort, equity or otherwise). Employee irrevocably waives any objection that Employee now or hereafter may have to the laying of venue or personal jurisdiction of any such action or proceeding brought in such courts. Jurisdiction and venue of all such causes of action shall be exclusively vested in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania or the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Employee irrevocably waives Employee’s right to object to or challenge the above selected forum on the basis of inconvenience or unfairness under 28 U.S.C. § 1404, 42 Pa. C.S. § 5322 or similar state or federal statutes.
15. Jury Trial Waiver. In consideration of this Agreement, and the consideration provided under it, Employee irrevocably and unconditionally agrees not to elect a trial by jury and knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waives all rights Employee has or may have had, but for this Agreement, to trial by jury in any proceeding, dispute, controversy or claim arising from or related to this Agreement or related to Employee’s employment with or termination from the Employer
(including any claim arising under any provision of state, federal, common or local law), and Employee agrees to try any such claims brought by him/her in a court or tribunal without use of a jury.
16. Severability. If a court of competent jurisdiction or an arbitration panel determines that any provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal, or incapable of being enforced, then the parties request that such court or panel modify or reform such provision in order to render such provision not invalid, illegal, or incapable of being enforced and then enforce the provision as modified. If any provision of this Agreement is conclusively determined by a final judgment not subject to appeal to be prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without affecting, impairing or invalidating the remaining provisions hereof or the enforceability thereof in such jurisdiction or the validity or enforceability of any provision hereof in any other jurisdiction.
17. Binding Effect; Non-Assignability. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns. The rights and obligations of Employee under this Agreement are personal to Employee and may not be assigned, transferred or delegated by Employee to any other person or entity. This Agreement shall be assignable by Employer, whether by operation of law or otherwise.
18. Entire Agreement; Amendment. This Agreement, including any State Specific Rider (“Rider”) attached hereto, sets forth the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and, unless otherwise specified, fully supersedes any prior agreements or understandings between the parties. This Agreement may not be modified, altered or changed except in writing and signed by both parties wherein specific reference is made to this Agreement. 19. Reasonable Opportunity to Review, Acceptance and Revocation, and Other Acknowledgments.
a. Employee acknowledges that Employee has carefully read and fully understands the provisions of this Agreement, that Employee has had a full and fair opportunity to consider the terms of this Agreement (including the release and waiver of claims set forth herein) for a reasonable period of time, and that Employee’s acceptance of the terms of this Agreement is both knowing and voluntary. b. Employee acknowledges that, except for the wages to be paid to Employee regardless of whether Employee signs this Agreement, as described in Section 2, and the Severance to be paid under this Agreement, the Company does not owe Employee any other wages, compensation, or benefits of any kind or nature; c. Employee represents and acknowledges that (i) Employee has not filed any claims, complaints, or actions of any kind against the Releasees with any court or federal, state, or local government agency; (ii) Employer has provided Employee with all leave to which Employee was entitled and, to the best of Employee’s knowledge, Employee is not suffering from any work-related injuries; and (iii) the Severance described in Section 4 are things that Employee is not entitled to receive in the absence of this Agreement. d. Employee is hereby advised in writing to consult with a lawyer of Employee’s choosing, and Employee hereby acknowledges that Employee understands that right and has been provided with an opportunity to consult with a lawyer of Employee’s choosing regarding Employee’s lawful remedies and rights as well as the meaning and significance of the terms of this Agreement.
e. Employee has been given forty-five (45) days to consider the terms of this Agreement before signing this Agreement. If Employee executes this Agreement prior to the expiration of the 45-day period, Employee acknowledges that Employee does so solely because Employee already fully and carefully considered this Agreement before signing it. If the terms or form of this Agreement are revised or modified prior to the expiration of such 45-day period, such revision or modification shall not restart that 45-day period. If Employee does not execute and return this Agreement to Employer within such 45-day period, Employee’s submission of the signed Agreement to Employer following the expiration of the 45-day period for acceptance shall be of no force and effect. f. Employee may revoke this Agreement, including without limitation the release and waiver of claims under the ADEA, by delivering a written revocation to Michael Keinath, Vice President of Human Resources, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 345 Court Street, Coraopolis, PA 15108, within seven (7) days after executing this Agreement. g. Employee understands that Employee’s release of his/her ADEA claims does not apply to rights and claims that may arise after the date on which Employee executes this Agreement.
h. The OWBPA requires the Employer to disclose certain facts in connection with certain releases. Attached to this Agreement is Appendix A, titled “OWBPA Disclosure.” The OWBPA Disclosure provides Employee with information so that Employee can make an informed choice about whether to sign this Agreement. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF ALL KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CLAIMS.
The parties, agreeing to be legally bound hereby, knowingly and voluntarily sign this Agreement.
Timothy Neiman DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, INC.
Michael T. Keinath
Vice President of Human Resources
Date: Date: 10
Store #4618 – Scranton, PA
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (the “Company”) has provided you with a Separation Agreement and General Release (“Agreement”) which offers you consideration in exchange for, among other things, your release of age discrimination claims. In accordance with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (the “OWBPA”), the Company is required to provide you with information to make an informed choice about whether to