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Jury Awards Over Half A Million Dollars In Firing Dispute Against Annapolis-Based Marketing Agency

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Case Results

The former sales executive accused Compass Marketing of breaching his contract and violating the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law when it laid him off in 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD – David Boshea, a former executive vice president at Annapolis-based Compass Marketing, was awarded $540,000 plus interest by a federal jury after the company refused to pay him the severance stipulated in his contract. David Boshea is represented by the law firms Gilbert Employment Law and Jordan & Zito. Judge Ellen Hollander who presided over the trial will consider Boshea’s request for an additional amount to reimburse him for litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

At the conclusion of the trial, which began on February 20, 2024, the jury found Compass was not only in breach of the employment contract but also violated the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law.

“Losing my position and dealing with my former employer flatly refusing to honor its obligations – just days before a global pandemic shut down our economy – was not only incredibly frustrating but, frankly, terrifying,” said David Boshea. “It’s unfortunate that it took four years and a jury trial for this wrong to be made right, but I’m grateful that I can now move forward.”

Compass laid off Mr. Boshea in early March 2020 and refused to pay him the full severance – 3 times his annual salary – stipulated in his contract. Mr. Boshea tried to engage his former employer on the issue, but Compass refused. Mr. Boshea filed his lawsuit in February 2021. 

“When the future was incredibly uncertain for David and countless workers across the country, Compass tried to take advantage of him,” said Thomas J. Gagliardo, Of Counsel at Gilbert Employment Law. “Thankfully there are strong laws in place in Maryland that protect employees like Mr. Boshea in situations like these. We are pleased that the jury agreed and delivered Mr. Boshea the justice he deserves.”

“We’re proud to see Mr. Boshea emerge victorious from this fight for accountability after his former employer flouted both the law and their obligations to him,” said lead attorney Gregory Jordan, of Jordan & Zito. “Compass should never have tried to withhold the severance and we’re happy to have secured a measure of justice for him.”


About Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. – Gilbert Employment Law, P.C., is the worker’s voice in litigation involving employee rights violations. Gilbert’s attorneys are highly skilled in representing federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and other federal administrative agencies. Gilbert Employment Law, P.C., has also represented employees in county and state courts, as well as U.S. District and Appeals Courts. 

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About Jordan & Zito LLC – At Jordan & Zito, we focus on practical business solutions. Creativity is the hallmark of our practice, as we work efficiently and effectively to get to the heart of your business litigation, business bankruptcy or debt problem. We design our dispute resolution strategies and transactional solutions to fit the unique needs of each business we work with — and that starts by listening to our clients’ concerns.

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