Former Owsy CEO files suit over termination

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A Los Angeles company is facing a suit from a San Jose man over his termination.

John Gengarella filed a complaint on Dec. 20 in the San Francisco Superior Court against Owsy LLC, Scottish American Capital LLC and Does 1-20 alleging breach of contract, wrongful discharge and other counts.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 9, 2017, Gengarella was hired by Owsy as its chief executive officer and that Owsy is a subsidiary of Scottish American Capital.

The suit states on Sept. 10, 2018, he received a letter giving him 30 days' notice for cause of termination and then he was terminated Oct. 8, 2018, less than 30 days from the initial notice.

The plaintiff holds Owsy LLC, Scottish American Capital LLC and Does 1-20 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide 30 days' notice and discharged him one day prior to his vesting under an incentive plan.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in the amount of $293,610.43 together with interest at the rate of 5 percent per year, declaratory relief, attorneys' fees, costs of suit and such other and further relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Susan E. Bishop and Emily Tewes of Berliner Cohen LLP in San Jose.

San Francisco Superior Court case number CGC18572280

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