Form of Washington Release
In consideration for the payments and benefits to be provided pursuant to Section 3.3 of the Executive Employment Agreement (“Agreement”) entered into by and between _____________ (“Executive”) and Avalara, Inc., a Washington corporation (the “Company”), with an effective date of _________, 20__, Executive agrees to the following:
(a) Executive represents that Executive has not filed any complaints, charges or lawsuits against the Company with any governmental agency or any court or before any arbitrator. To the extent prohibited by law, this paragraph does not prevent Executive from filing a charge or complaint or participating in government investigations. Nothing in this Release (this “Release”) is intended to or will be used in any way to limit Executive’s rights to communicate with a governmental agency, as provided for, protected under or warranted by applicable law. By signing this Release, Executive is waiving Executive’s right to recover any individual relief (including back pay, front pay, reinstatement or other legal or equitable relief) in any charge, complaint, or lawsuit or other proceeding brought by Executive or on Executive’s behalf by any third party, except for any right Executive may have to receive a payment from a governmental agency (and not the Company) for information provided to the governmental agency. Executive understands that he may not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that: (1) is made (x) in confidence to a federal, state, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney and (y) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (2) is made in a complaint or other document that is filed under seal in a lawsuit or other proceeding.
(b) Executive expressly waives all claims against the Company and releases the Company, and any of the Company’s past, present or future parent, affiliated, related, and/or subsidiary entities, and all of the past and present directors, shareholders, officers, general or limited partners, employees, agents, and attorneys, and agents and representatives of such entities, and employee benefit plans in which Executive is or has been a participant by virtue of his or her employment with the Company (collectively, the “Releasees”), from any claims that Executive may have against the Company or the Releasees. It is understood that this Release includes, but is not limited to, any claims arising directly or indirectly out of, relating to, or in any other way involving in any manner whatsoever, (1) Executive’s employment with the Company or its subsidiaries or the termination thereof or (2) Executive’s status at any time as a holder of any securities of the Company, including any claims for wages, stock or stock options, employment benefits or damages of any kind whatsoever arising out of any contracts, express or implied, any covenant of good faith and fair dealing, express or implied, any legal restriction on the Company’s right to terminate employment, or any federal, state or other governmental statute or ordinance, including, without limitation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Washington Law Against Discrimination Act, the Washington Family and Parental Leave Act, or any other legal limitation on the employment relationship; provided, however, notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, that this Release shall not extend to (i) benefit claims under employee pension benefit plans in which Executive is a participant by virtue of Executive’s employment with the Company or its subsidiaries or to benefit claims under employee welfare benefit plans for occurrences (e.g., medical care, death, or onset of disability) arising after the execution of this Release by Executive, (ii) Executive’s rights to severance pay and benefits under the Agreement; (iii) any claims Executive may have for indemnification pursuant to law, contract or Company policy, (iv) any claims for coverage under any applicable directors’ and officers’ insurance policy in accordance with the terms of such policy, or (v) any claims arising from events that occur after the date Executive signs this Release.