EX-10.1 2 lake_ex101.htm EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT lake_ex101
February 11, 2021
Mr. Allen E. Dillard
147 Mayo Road
New Hope, AL 35760
Dear Mr. Dillard:
The purpose of this letter is to confirm your employment with Lakeland Industries, Inc. on the following terms and conditions:
This is an Agreement, effective as of February 11, 2021 (the “Effective Date”), between Allen E. Dillard, residing at 147 Mayo Road, New Hope, AL 35760, (hereinafter referred to as “you”), and Lakeland Industries, Inc., a Delaware corporation, with a principal place of business located at 202 Pride Lane SW, Decatur, Alabama 35603 (hereinafter the “Company”).
The initial term of this Agreement shall be 12-months, beginning on the Effective Date and ending on February 1, 2022 (the “Initial Term”). However, on the day the Term would otherwise expire, the Agreement’s duration shall automatically extend for a subsequent 12-month period, unless either party provides written notice of termination at least 90 days before the expiration of the Term (for purposes of this Agreement, “Term” refers to the Initial Term and/or any successive 12-month extension).
You shall be employed in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer, of Lakeland Industries, Inc. (“Your Position”) with such responsibilities and duties as may be assigned to you from time to time by the Company. You acknowledge and agree that these responsibilities and duties, together with the proprietary information to which you will have access in this role, makes you uniquely essential to the Company’s management, organization, or services.
You agree to devote your full time and attention and best efforts to the faithful and diligent performance of your duties to the Company and shall serve and further the best interests and enhance the reputation of the Company to the best of your ability.
As full compensation for your services, you shall receive the following from the Company:
A base annual salary of $285,000 payable bi-weekly (the “Base Salary”); and
Lakeland Industries, Inc. 202 Pride Lane SW, Decatur, AL 35603
Phone: (256) 350-3873
Participation in any of the Company’s pension plans, profit sharing plans, medical and disability plans and 401(k) plans when any such plans are or become effective; and
Such benefits as are provided from time to time by the Company to its officers and employees; and
Reimbursement for any dues and expenses incurred by you that are necessary and proper in the conduct of the Company’s business; and
Participation, as determined in the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Compensation Committee”), in the Company’s 2017 Equity Incentive Plan and any other restrictive stock, stock appreciation rights, stock option or other equity plans of the Company as may become effective; in this connection, it is intended that you will receive a grant of restricted stock, pursuant to the Company’s LTIP program, at the time of next grant; and
An bonus targeted at 40% of Base Salary, based upon such parameters, as determined by the Compensation Committee (an “Annual Bonus”).
During your employment with the Company and for one year thereafter, you shall not, either directly or indirectly, as an agent, employee, partner, stockholder, director, investor or otherwise, engage in a business that carries on a like business to the business conducted by the Company, in the market areas in which the Company generates sales. You shall also abide by the Code of Ethics and other corporate governance rules of the Company. You shall disclose prior to the execution of this Agreement (or later on as the case may be) all business relationships you presently have or contemplate entering into or enter into in the future that might affect your responsibilities or loyalties to the Company.
During your employment with the Company and for one year thereafter, you shall not, directly or indirectly, hire, offer to hire or otherwise solicit the employment or services of, any employee of the Company on behalf of yourself or any other person, firm or entity.
Except as may be required to perform your duties on behalf of the Company, you agree that during your employment with the Company and for a period of one year thereafter, you shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit, service, or accept business from any customers of the Company, on your own behalf or on behalf of any other person, firm or entity that carries on a like business to the business conducted by the Company.
Except as required in your duties to the Company, you shall not at any time during or after your employment, directly or indirectly, use or disclose any confidential or proprietary information relating to the Company or its business or customers which is disclosed to you or known by you as a consequence of or through your employment by the Company and which is not otherwise generally obtainable by the public at large. Confidential or proprietary information includes, but is not limited to, commercial relationships or contacts with specific or existing vendors, contractors, suppliers or clients; pricing information and methodology; compensation; customer lists; customer data and information; mailing lists and prospective customer information; financial and investment information; management and marketing plans; business strategy, technique and methodology; business models and data; processes and procedures; and Company provided files, software, code, reports, documents, manuals and forms used in the business which are treated as confidential to the business entity, in whatever medium provided or preserved, such as in writing or stored electronically.
In the event that any of the provisions in this Section 5 shall ever be adjudicated to exceed limitations permitted by applicable law, you agree that such provisions shall be modified and enforced to the maximum extent permitted under applicable law.
You understand and agree that the Company may not be adequately compensated by damages for a breach by you of any of the covenants and agreement contained in this Section 5, and that the Company shall, in addition to all other remedies, be entitled to injunctive relief and specific performance. You hereby affirmatively waive the requirement that the Company post any bond.
Nothing herein contained will be construed as prohibiting the Company from pursuing any other remedies available to it for such breach or threatened breach, including the recovery of money damages, and if the Company prevails, it shall also be entitled to the payment of any and all reasonable fees, disbursements, and other charges of the attorneys and collection agents, court costs, and all others costs of enforcement. Likewise, if you prevail, you shall also be entitled to the payment of any and all reasonable fees disbursements and other charges of the attorneys and collections agents, court costs, and all other costs of defense.
For purposes of this Section 5, the term the “Company” shall include all direct and indirectly owned subsidiaries of the Company.
You represent that you have carefully considered the terms of Section 5. You acknowledge and agree that these restrictions are reasonable and necessary to protect the Company’s business and good will, as Your Position is uniquely essential to the Company’s management, organization, or services.
You or the Company may terminate your employment prior to the end of the Term upon written notice to the other party in accordance with the following provisions:
Voluntary Termination. You may terminate your employment voluntarily at any time during the Term by providing the Company with 60 days prior written notice. If you do so, except for Good Reason (as defined below), you shall be entitled to receive from the Company your (i) accrued and unpaid Base Salary through the date of termination, (ii) any Annual Bonus earned for the year completed prior to the year of termination but not yet paid, and (iii) any other employee benefits generally paid by the Company up to the date of termination (collectively (i), (ii), and (iii), the “Accrued Obligations”).
Death. This Agreement shall automatically terminate on the date of your death without further obligation to you other than for payment by the Company to your estate or designated beneficiaries, as designated in writing to the Company, of (i) the Accrued Obligations through the last day of the month in which your death occurs, and (ii) a pro-rata portion of the Annual Bonus, if any, for the year of termination up to and including the date of death which shall be determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee. Your estate or beneficiaries, as applicable, shall also be entitled to all other benefits generally paid by the Company on an employee’s death.
Disability. This Agreement and your employment shall terminate without any further obligation to you if you become “totally disabled” (as defined below) other than for payment by the Company of (i) the Accrued Obligations though the last day of the month in which you are deemed to be totally disabled and (ii) a pro-rata portion of the Annual Bonus, if any, for the year of termination up to and including the date you are deemed to be totally disabled as determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee.
You shall be deemed to be “totally disabled” if you are unable, for any reason, to perform any of your duties and obligations to the Company, with or without a reasonable accommodation, for a period of 90 consecutive days or for periods aggregating 120 days in any period of 180 consecutive days.
Cause. The Company may terminate your employment at any time for “Cause” (as defined below) and this Agreement shall terminate immediately with no further obligations to you other than the Company shall pay you, within thirty days of such termination, the Accrued Obligations up to the date of such termination for Cause.
Termination by the Company Without Cause or by you for Good Reason. If, during the Term, the Company terminates your employment without Cause or you terminate your employment for Good Reason (as defined below), in either case, other than within 18 months of a Change in Control (which is covered by Subsection (f) below), you shall be entitled to receive from the Company, conditioned on your continued compliance with the restrictive covenants contained in Section 5 hereof and your execution and non-revocation of a release of claims substantially in the form attached hereto as Annex A, (i) the Accrued Obligations payable within 15 days after the date of termination (or, in the case of the prior year’s Annual Bonus, if any, at such time such bonus is payable pursuant hereto), (ii) an additional 12 months of your then current Base Salary, payable in equal monthly installments beginning with the first payroll date after the date on which the release of claims becomes effective and can no longer be revoked, and (iii) a pro rata portion of the Annual Bonus, if any, for the year of termination up to and including the date of termination which shall be determined in good faith by the Compensation Committee and paid at such time as such bonus is payable pursuant hereto.
Termination by the Company Without Cause or by you for Good Reason within 18 Months After a Change in Control. If, during the Term, the Company terminates your employment without Cause or you terminate your employment for Good Reason, in either such case, within 18 months of a Change in Control (as defined below), you shall be entitled to receive from the Company, subject to your continued compliance with the restrictive covenants contained in Section 5 hereof and your execution and non-revocation of a release of claims substantially in the form attached hereto as Annex A, (i) the Accrued Obligations payable within fifteen days after termination (or, in the case of the prior year’s Annual Bonus, if any, at such time such bonus is payable), (ii) a lump sum amount equal to 24 months of Base Salary in effect as of the date of termination of employment or the year immediately prior to the Change in Control, whichever is higher, and (iii) two times a target bonus amount, if any, in effect as of the date of termination of employment. The severance payments under sub-paragraphs (ii) and (iii) hereof shall be paid with the first payroll date after the date on which the release of claims becomes effective and can no longer be revoked. Any payment by the Company under this or any other section of this Agreement is subject to applicable tax withholdings.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if your severance payments payable hereunder constitute nonqualified deferred compensation subject to 409A of the Code and the period in which you must execute the release begins in one calendar year and ends in another, the severance payments will be made in the later calendar year.
For purposes of this Agreement:
“Cause” shall mean termination based upon: (A) your failure to substantially perform your material duties and responsibilities of Your Position after a written demand regarding such performance is delivered to you by the Company, which identifies the manner in which you have not performed your duties or responsibilities and a cure period of 60 days, (B) your commission of an act of fraud, theft, misappropriation, dishonesty or embezzlement, (C) your conviction for a felony or pleading nolo contendere to a felony, (D) your willful and continuing failure or refusal to carry out, or comply with, in any material respect any reasonable directive of the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors of the Company consistent with the terms of this Agreement, or (E) your material breach of any provision of this Agreement.
“Good Reason” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events without your prior written consent:
the failure of the Company to pay your Base Salary or Annual Bonus, if any, when due and if earned, other than an inadvertent administrative error or failure, within 10 days of receipt of notice by you,
a material diminution in your authority or responsibilities from those described herein,
any material breach of this Agreement by the Company, or
a failure of the Company to have any successor assume in writing the obligations under this Agreement.
“Change in Control” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events during the Term:
any Person (which for purposes of this Section 6(h)(iii) shall include natural persons, partnerships, corporations and any other entities), or more than one Person acting as a group (as the term “group” is contemplated for purposes of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) (“Group”), acquires ownership of stock of the Company that, together with stock held by such Person or Group, constitutes more than 50% of the total fair market value and total voting power of the stock of the Company; provided, however, that for purposes of this subsection (A), the following acquisitions shall not be deemed to result in a Change in Control: (1) any acquisition directly from the Company, (2) any acquisition by the Company or an affiliate of the Company, or (3) any acquisition by (x) any employee benefit plan (or related trust) intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code or (y) any trust established in connection with any broad-based employee benefit plan sponsored or maintained, in each case, by the Company or any corporation controlled by the Company (collectively (1), (2) and (3), the “Exempt Acquisitions”);
any Person, or more than one Person acting as a Group, acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) ownership of stock of the Company possessing 30% or more of the total voting power of the Company’s stock; provided, however, that none of the Exempt Acquisitions shall constitute a Change in Control.
individuals who, as of the Effective Date, constitute the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to the Effective Date whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, as a member of the Incumbent Board, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a Person or group other than the Board; or
a Person, or more than one Person acting as a Group (other than a subsidiary or an affiliate of the Company), acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition) assets of the Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 50% of the total gross fair market value of all assets of the Company immediately before such acquisition(s).
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Change in Control shall not include any event, circumstance or transaction that results from an action of any Person or group which includes, is affiliated with or is wholly or partly controlled by one or more executive officers of the Company and in which you participate directly or actively (other than a renegotiation of your employment arrangements or in your capacity as an employee of the Company or any successor entity thereto or to the business of the Company).
Any notices required to be given under this Agreement shall, unless otherwise agreed to by you and the Company, be in writing and by certified mail, return receipt requested and mailed to the Company at its executive offices, currently at 202 Pride Lane SW, Decatur, Alabama 35603, or to you at your home address at 147 Mayo Road, New Hope, Alabama, 35760, or at such other address as may be provided by the Company or you.
ASSIGNMENT AND SUCCESSORS
The rights and obligations of the Company under this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and shall be binding upon the successors of the Company. This Agreement may not be assigned by the Company unless the assignee or successor (as the case may be) expressly assumes the Company’s obligations hereunder in writing. In the event of a successor to the Company or the assignment of the Agreement, the term “Company” as used herein shall include any such successor or assignee.
WAIVER OR MODIFICATION
No waiver or modification in whole or in part of this Agreement or any term or condition hereof shall be effective against any party unless in writing and duly signed by the party sought to be bound. Any waiver of any breach of any provision hereof or right or power by any party on one occasion shall not be construed as a waiver of or a bar to the exercise of such right or power on any other occasion or as a waiver of any subsequent breach.
Any provision of this Agreement which is unenforceable or invalid in any respect in any jurisdiction shall be ineffective in such jurisdiction to the extent that it is unenforceable or invalid without effecting the remaining provisions hereof, which shall continue in full force and effect. The unenforceability or invalidity of any provision of the Agreement in one jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.
GOVERNING LAW AND CHOICE OF FORUM
This Agreement shall be interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Alabama without regard to its choice of law principles. Any dispute, controversy or claim of any kind arising under, in connection with, or relating to this Agreement or your employment with the Company shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration. Such arbitration shall be conducted in Decatur, Alabama, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) then in effect. The costs of the arbitration (fees to the AAA and for the arbitrator(s)) shall be shared equally by the parties, subject to apportionment or shifting in the arbitration award. In addition, the prevailing party in arbitration shall be entitled to reimbursement by the other party for its reasonable attorney’s fees incurred. Judgment may be entered on the arbitration award in any court of competent jurisdiction. You also agree that the forum for any lawsuit arising in whole or part from this Agreement is a court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Morgan County, Alabama.
This Agreement and the Annex hereto constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the matters referred to herein, and supersedes any other agreement or promise relating to these matters.
The headings contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not effect, restrict or modify the interpretation of this Agreement.
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AGREED AND ACCEPTED:
By: /s/ Allen E. Dillard
Allen E. Dillard
Date: February 11, 2021
Lakeland Industries, Inc.
By: /s/ Charles D. Roberson
Charles D. Roberson, CEO and President
Date: February 11, 2021
IN CONSIDERATION OF good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and in consideration of the terms and conditions contained in the Employment Agreement, effective as of February 11, 2021 (the “Agreement”), by and between Allen E. Dillard (the “Executive”) and Lakeland Industries, Inc. (the “Company”), the Executive on behalf of himself and his heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, attorneys, successors, and assigns, knowingly and voluntarily, hereby waives, remits, releases and forever discharges the Company and its past, present and future subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates and parents, and all of their respective current and former officers, directors, stockholders, employees, agents, attorneys, lenders, and/or owners, and their respective successors, and assigns and any other person or entity claimed to be jointly or severally liable with the Company or any of the aforementioned persons or entities, both individually and in their business capacities, and their employee benefit plans and programs and their administrators and fiduciaries (the “Released Parties”) of and from any and all manner of actions and causes of action, suits, debts, dues, accounts, bonds, covenants, contracts, agreements, judgments, charges, claims, complaints, damages, demands, and obligations of any other nature whatsoever, past or present, known or unknown (“Losses”) which the Executive and his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns have, had, or may hereafter have, against the Released Parties or any of them arising out of or by reason of any cause, matter, or thing whatsoever from the beginning of the world to the date hereof.
This release includes, but is not limited to, Losses arising out of or relating to the Executive’s employment by the Company and the cessation thereof, and any and all matters arising under any federal, state, or local statute, rule, or regulation, or principle of contract law or common law relating to the Executive’s employment by the Company and the cessation thereof, including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000 et seq., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq. (the “ADEA”), the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq., the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§2101 et seq., the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §§ 1001 et seq., any applicable state or local law or regulation relating to employment, and any claim for or obligation to pay for attorneys’ fees, costs, fees, or other expenses. It is understood that nothing in this general release is to be construed as an admission on behalf of the Released Parties of any wrongdoing with respect to the Executive, any such wrongdoing being expressly denied.
The Executive does not release or discharge the Released Parties from (i) any rights to any payments, benefits or reimbursements due to the Executive under the Agreement; or (ii) any rights to any vested benefits due to the Executive under any employee benefit plans sponsored or maintained by the Company.
This release also bars any and all claims for future damages allegedly arising from the alleged continuation of the effect of any past action, omission or event, except nothing herein waives Executive’s rights to enforce this Agreement.
The Executive and the Company acknowledge that nothing in this Agreement limits or affects either party’s right, where applicable, to file or participate in an investigative proceeding conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), or any federal, state or local government agency. However, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the Executive agrees that if such an administrative claim is made, the Executive agrees to release, waive, relinquish and forego all legal relief, equitable relief, statutory relief, reinstatement, back pay, front pay and any other damages, benefits, remedies, or relief that Executive may be entitled to as a result of any prosecution of any administrative agency claim or commission charge, and the Executive shall not be entitled to recover any individual monetary award or relief or other individual remedies. Rights not waivable by law are not waived by this Agreement.
The Executive represents and warrants that he fully understands the terms of this General Release, that he has been encouraged to seek, and has sought, the benefit of advice of legal counsel, and that he knowingly and voluntarily, of his own free will, without any duress, being fully informed, and after due deliberation, accepts its terms and signs below as his own free act. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Executive understands that as a result of executing this General Release, he will not have the right to assert that the Company or any other of the Released Parties unlawfully terminated his employment or violated any of his rights in connection with his employment or otherwise.
If Executive is 40 years of age or older, be advised that Executive has or may have specific rights and/or claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”) and Executive agrees that in consideration for the Severance Payment, he specifically and voluntarily waives such rights and/or claims under the ADEA which he might have against the Releasees to the extent such rights and/or claims arose prior to the date this Agreement was executed. Executive understands that rights and/or claims under the ADEA which may arise after the date this Agreement is executed are not waived by him.
By signing this General Release, the Executive does not release: (i) any right he may have to challenge the validity of this General Release under the ADEA or the OWBPA; or (ii) his right to enforce this General Release.
Executive hereby affirms and acknowledges the following:
He has not filed, caused to be filed, or presently is a party to any claim, lawsuit, charge, arbitration, complaint, action, or proceeding against any of the Released Parties herein in any forum or form.
He has been granted any leave to which he was entitled under the Family and Medical Leave Act or related state or local leave or disability accommodation laws.
He has not given, sold, assigned or transferred to anyone else, any claim, or a portion of a claim referred to in this Agreement.
He has no known workplace injury or occupational disease and has been provided with and/or has not been denied any leave requested under the Family and Medical Leave Act. He acknowledges and represents that he has no intention of filing any claim for workers’ compensation benefits of any type against the Company or any of the Released Parties, and that he will not file or attempt to file any claims for workers’ compensation benefits of any type against the Company or any related Released Parties. He acknowledges that the Company has relied upon these representations, and that the Company would not have entered into this Agreement but for these representations. As a result, he agrees, covenants, and represents that the Company may, but is not obligated to, submit this Agreement to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for approval as a compromise and release as to any workers compensation claim that he files at any time against the Company or any of the Released Parties.
He further affirms that he has not been retaliated against for reporting any allegations of wrongdoing by any of the Released Parties or their officers and directors, including any allegations of corporate fraud or bribery. He and the Company acknowledge that this Agreement does not limit either party’s right, where applicable, to file or participate in an investigative proceeding of any federal, state or local government agency. Except as to the extent permitted by law, he agrees that if such an administrative claim is made, he shall not be entitled to recover any individual monetary award or relief or other individual remedies.
The Executive may take 21 days to consider whether to execute this General Release. Upon the Executive’s execution of this general release, the Executive will have 7 days after such execution in which he may revoke such execution. For such a revocation to be effective, it must be delivered so that the undersigned person receives it in-hand or via fax on or before the expiration of the 7 day revocation period. This Agreement shall become effective on the first day following the expiration of the 7 day revocation period.
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INTENDING TO BE LEGALLY BOUND, I hereby set my hand below:
On the ___ day of ___________, 20___, before me personally came Allen E. Dillard, to me known, and known to me to be the individual described in, and who executed the foregoing General Release, and duly acknowledged to me that he executed the same.