Fired CEO sues Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors

Shane T. Johnson, who moved from Iowa to take the top executive job last fall, claims he was fired without cause in violation of a four-year employment contract.
by Richard Mize Modified: April 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013
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Shane T. Johnson, fired just three months into a four-year contract to be CEO of the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, has sued the group for $645,000 in foregone wages.

Johnson was hired Oct. 2 and fired Feb. 13 “without reason or cause” in violation of the contract, he claims in a lawsuit filed last week in state District Court in Oklahoma City. He started work Nov. 15, the association said last year.

“No one at (the association) ever informed Plaintiff that his performance as CEO was ever anything less than commendable,” Johnson claims in the suit, filed by attorney Paul E. Quigley of the law firm Quigley, Henry & Hill.

After he was fired, Johnson claims, the association then provided him a list of 11 reasons, “each a baseless fabrication” and none qualifying “as a basis for termination under this contract.”

Further, Johnson claimed that the Realtors group “took steps to hide from Plaintiff the history, turmoil and disunity of (the association), staff turnover in excess of 50 percent, and a history of past and ongoing litigation.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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