California Employment Law
Have California Employment Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer.
As I explained in my original post, he was asked to prepare and provide detailed information, reports, and financial projections on an ongoing basis while "employed." He received no compensation for his time.
We live in California and are U.S. citizens.
I'm sorry I didn't make this clear — all of the people who were involved in this company are Swedish, and are currently residents of Sweden. For whatever reason, they headquartered the business in Hong Kong for a brief time, apparently to look like a "global" business development company. However, the company is no longer operating under that name.
All of the contracts were drawn up in Sweden and signed by a Swedish attorney.
As I understand it, Sweden has very strict employment laws. As a result of his employment contract and the non-compete agreement (which my husband honored), the unpaid wages, benefits, and promised bonuses far exceed $75,000. A judgment would at least expose the business activities and track record of these business men. It seems that the Swedish Trade Council and potential investors would also be very interested about these past business activities and are continuing to do under a new business name.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).