January 25, 2010
135 West MacArthur Boulevard
Miami, FL 33323
This letter confirms that you are hereby terminated from your employment with our
nonprofit organization effective at the close of business today for the following reasons:
It was recently learned that you violated Policy 2.11, “Gratuities,” when you personally
accepted monetary gifts from the Everglades fund-raising chapter. Our investigation
disclosed that you did this on two separate occasions: first, on December 6, 2009, and
then again on January 6, 2010.
For this reason, we have no choice but to discharge you immediately for violation of
company policy on acceptance of gratuities. Enclosed is your final check, which
includes your regular pay, vacation, and holiday accruals through today. You will be
notified in a separate letter from the Human Resources department of your COBRA
rights and eligibility.1 If you have any questions, please contact me.
Vice President, Fund-raising
1 You have the right to challenge offering COBRA to an employee who was discharged for “gross miscon-
duct.” However, although this specific exception exists in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act (COBRA), it is very rarely applied. Consult with a labor attorney before attempting to withhold this bene-
fit—no matter how egregious the offense.