The Martínez-Echevarría law firm refuses to reach an agreement with Albert Rivera and the conflict goes to court. “We are not going to reach an agreement with Albert Rivera, even if it consists of paying him 1,000 euros”, they have responded from the firm, according to El País. This Thursday it was learned that the defense of Albert Rivera and José Manuel Villegas sent a burofax in the that they requested from this company the fixed and variable salaries that remained after five years of contract (until 2025)to which Martínez-Echevarría has answered negatively.
Albert Rivera asks for compensation for dismissal of 500 days per year worked when he claimed it was 20
Rivera has signed De Carlos Remón Abogados, a law firm specializing in lawsuits involving big managers, for this legal process. According to El Confidencial. Among his latest works is Andrea Orcel's victory against Banco Santander for his frustrated hiring as CEO of the entity. Santander must pay him a millionaire compensation.
The lawyer in charge of the first proceedings of Albert Rivera and José Manuel Villegas against Martínez-Echevarría has been Álvaro Remón, founding partner of the firm. He is responsible for the burofax that Rivera's defense sent to the law firm in which he raised, in addition to the payment of fixed and variable remuneration, the possibility of claiming the alleged moral damages —which he estimated at 500,000 euros for each— caused after Martínez-Echevarría accused the former politicians of "low productivity" after learning that they were leaving the firm. According to El Confidencial, the time record shows that Rivera went to the offices for two hours in one month.
The ex-politicians allege that the firm has breached the contract they signed, on the one hand for not fulfilling the commitment to name them executive president and vice president respectively of the company behind Martínez-Echevarría and, on the other, for not paying them a series of variables also agreed.
The firm has no intention of accepting the claim or negotiating and believes that both former leaders of Ciudadanos strategically intended that the news of their departure in the media force them "to reach an agreement" since the firm could "be harmed ". In the response burofax, the office says that the "alleged contractual resolution for breach" of the contract, as Rivera and Villegas state, is "more than unacceptable, offensive."
Compensation of 500 days per year worked
The amount requested by the former president of Ciudadanos around 500 days per year workedwhich contrast with the model that his training proposed when he directed it: a single contract of 20 days for fair dismissal and 33 if it was unjustified.
As the lawyers have worked at Martínez-Echevarría since March 2020, the bill comes to more than 500 days per year worked, a considerably high amount compared to what Ciudadanos proposed to its voters when Rivera was in charge: a single contract with compensation of 20 days per year worked if it was a legal dismissal and 33 if it was not. All this, with a maximum of 12 monthly payments in the first case and 24 in the second.
The party has been one of the main defenders of the single contract in Spain as a way to combat the existing precariousness in the Spanish labor market and as a solution to temporary employment. Although the party did not touch the days for dismissal reflected in the 2012 labor reform -which have been maintained with the modification of the legislation validated last week in Congress-, it included some clauses that changed the conditions of dismissal. Some modifications that, according to the unions, they opened the door so that dismissals until now considered inappropriate could be legally justified much more easily.