NEWS: Knight threatens legal fight on pay

The acrimonious split between former Paragon MD Gordon Knight and chairman Julia Thorn worsened this week as Knight threatened to take legal action against the agency for breach of contract.

The acrimonious split between former Paragon MD Gordon Knight and

chairman Julia Thorn worsened this week as Knight threatened to take

legal action against the agency for breach of contract.



Knight, who helped found the company 15 years ago, quit Paragon last

year after a ‘disagreement over management style’ with Thorn (PR Week,

12 January). Although his formal notice period runs until November,

Knight left the company on 16 February.



His quarrel with Paragon and Thorn centres on arrangements for the

continued payment of salary and benefits during the remaining nine

months of his notice period.



As a long-term t employee, Knight’s contract guarantees monthly payments

until the notice period runs out in November, provided he does not

secure alternative employment or income from another source during that

period.



Knight, however, argues that payments were abruptly terminated last

month. He also claims that Paragon is insisting he provides evidence of

his efforts to find a new job. Having instructed his lawyers to take

action, Knight says that a writ could be issued over the next few days.



‘I hope it won’t go to court,’ he said, ‘but I’m not prepared to be

beholden to the company for nine months on this basis. I do feel I’ve

been treated very badly by the company.’



Thorn refused to comment on Knight’s allegations, arguing that it was a

private matter between Paragon and a former employee.



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