EX-10.2 3 tm2119596d1_ex10-2.htm EXHIBIT 10.2


Exhibit 10.2


June 13, 2021


Stephen S. Burns

At the Address on File with the Company


Dear Steve:


The purpose of this letter is to confirm the termination of your employment with Lordstown Motors Corp. (the “Company”) as described below. The Company appreciates and thanks you for your service to the Company.


1.    Termination of Employment


Your employment with the Company is hereby terminated, effective immediately (the “Termination Date”). Effective as of the date hereof, you shall no longer hold the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company and you shall be terminated from all other positions you hold as a director, officer or employee of the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof, including as director of the Company. We will inform you if any other documentation is necessary to properly effectuate such termination (the “Other Documentation”), and you agree to cooperate reasonably and promptly in executing and delivering it at our request.


2.    Payments and Benefits on Termination of Employment; Conditions to Payments and Benefits


Without prejudice to any rights or claims the Company may have to the contrary under the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement between you and the Company, dated November 1, 2019 (the “Employment Agreement”) or otherwise, all of which are hereby reserved, the Company is willing to offer you, in connection with your termination of employment, an amount equal to $750,000, which will be paid in eighteen (18) equal installments each month during the eighteen (18) months following the Termination Date in accordance with the Company’s customary policies and normal payroll practices, conditioned upon and subject to your execution and non-revocation of a general release and waiver of claims in the form set forth on Exhibit A hereto (the “Release”) and compliance with all other terms and conditions of the Release and the Employment Agreement. You will also receive the Minimum Payments (as defined in the Employment Agreement) and any payments or benefits to which you may be entitled under the express terms of any executive benefit plan or as required by law. In addition, contingent upon your execution and non-revocation of the Release, the Company shall (1) reimburse you for your reasonable legal fees incurred in negotiating this letter or the Other Documentation and (2) release you from any claims the Company may have against you based on actions taken prior to the date hereof that the lead independent director of the Company or the chair of the governance committee of the Company have actual knowledge of as of the date hereof.





3.    Restrictive Covenants


You hereby affirm that the confidentiality, documents and property, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disparagement obligations set forth in Section 5 of the Employment Agreement will continue to apply following the termination of your employment in accordance with their terms. In the event of a breach of the restrictive covenants set forth in the Employment Agreement, the Company may pursue all remedies at law or in equity, including, without limitation, stopping further severance payments, claims for damages (including forfeiture of Company shares whether or not in escrow under the Business Combination Agreement) and/or injunctive relief.


4.    No Other Benefits


You acknowledge and agree that, except as set forth in Section 2 of this letter, you are not entitled to any severance or other payments or benefits under the Employment Agreement or otherwise in connection with your termination of employment with the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you shall be indemnified to the fullest extent under the Company’s Organizational Documents and/or Delaware law in respect of your services as a director and/or officer of the Company and any of its subsidiaries on the same basis as the other directors and officers of the Company.


5.    No Reliance


You acknowledge that you have been advised to consult with, and have consulted with, an attorney of your choice before signing this letter. You further acknowledge that you have fully read this letter, understand its contents and agree to its terms and conditions of your own free will, knowingly and voluntarily, and without any duress or coercion.


6.    Miscellaneous


This letter will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, without reference to principles of conflicts of law. The parties agree that venue is proper in Ohio.


The intent of the parties is that payments and benefits under this letter comply with or be exempt from Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code Section 409A”) and, accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this letter shall be interpreted to be in compliance therewith. If any provision of this letter would cause you to incur any additional tax or interest under Code Section 409A, the Company shall, after consulting with you and receiving your approval, reform such provision in a manner intended to avoid your incurrence of any such additional tax or interest. For purposes of Code Section 409A, your right to receive any installment payments shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments.


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If you agree that this letter correctly memorializes our understandings, please sign and return this letter, which will become a binding agreement on our receipt. We wish you success in your future endeavors.


  By: /s/ Rich Schmidt
    Name:   Rich Schmidt
    Title:     President


Accepted and Agreed:  
/s/ Stephen S. Burns  
Stephen S. Burns  


Date: June 13, 2021







General Release AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS (this “Release”), by Stephen S. Burns (“Employee”) in favor of Lordstown Motors Corp. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”), affiliates, stockholders, beneficial owners of its stock, its current or former officers, directors, employees, members, attorneys and agents, and their predecessors, successors and assigns, individually and in their official capacities (together, the “Released Parties”).


WHEREAS, Employee has been employed as Chief Executive Officer;


WHEREAS, Employee’s employment with the Company was terminated, effective as of June 13, 2021 (the “Termination Date”); and


WHEREAS, Employee is seeking certain payments under Section 2 of the Separation and Release Agreement between you and the Company, dated June 13, 2021 (the “Separation Agreement”), that are conditioned on the effectiveness of this Release.


NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, the parties agree as follows:


1.            General Release. Employee knowingly and voluntarily waives, terminates, cancels, releases and discharges forever the Released Parties from any and all suits, actions, causes of action, claims, allegations, rights, obligations, liabilities, demands, entitlements or charges (collectively, “Claims”) that Employee (or Employee’s heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns) has or may have, whether known, unknown or unforeseen, vested or contingent, by reason of any matter, cause or thing occurring at any time before and including the date of this Release, including all claims arising under or in connection with Employee’s employment or termination of employment with the Company, including, without limitation: Claims under United States federal, state or local law and the national or local law of any foreign country (statutory or decisional), for wrongful, abusive, constructive or unlawful discharge or dismissal, for breach of any contract, or for discrimination based upon race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other unlawful criterion or circumstance, including rights or Claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”), the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (“OWBPA”), violations of the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, including all amendments to any of the aforementioned acts; and violations of any other federal, state, or municipal fair employment statutes or laws, including, without limitation, violations of any other law, rule, regulation, or ordinance pertaining to employment, wages, compensation, hours worked, or any other Claims for compensation or bonuses, whether or not paid under any compensation plan or arrangement; breach of contract; tort and other common law Claims; defamation; libel; slander; impairment of economic opportunity defamation; sexual harassment; retaliation; attorneys’ fees; emotional distress; intentional infliction of emotional distress; assault; battery, pain and suffering; and punitive or exemplary damages (the “Released Matters”). In addition, in consideration of the provisions of this Release, Employee further agrees to waive any and all rights under the laws of any jurisdiction in the United States, or any other country, that limit a general release to those Claims that are known or suspected to exist in Employee’s favor as of the Effective Date (as defined below).





2.            Surviving Claims. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Release shall not:


(i)release any Claims for payment of amounts payable under Section 2 of the Separation Agreement;


(ii)release any Claim for employee benefits under plans covered by ERISA to the extent any such Claim may not lawfully be waived or for any payments or benefits under any Company plans that have vested according to the terms of those plans;


(iii)release any Claim that may not lawfully be waived;


(iv)release any Claim for indemnification and D&O insurance in accordance with applicable laws and the corporate governance documents of the Company; or


(v)limit Employee’s rights under applicable law to provide truthful information to any governmental entity or to file a charge with or participate in an investigation conducted by any governmental entity. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee agrees to waive Employee’s right to recover monetary damages in connection with any charge, complaint or lawsuit filed by Employee or anyone else on Employee’s behalf (whether involving a governmental entity or not); provided that Employee is not agreeing to waive, and this Release shall not be read as requiring Employee to waive, any right Employee may have to receive an award for information provided to any governmental entity.


3.            Additional Representations. Employee further represents and warrants that Employee has not filed any civil action, suit, arbitration, administrative charge, or legal proceeding against any Released Party nor, has Employee assigned, pledged, or hypothecated as of the Effective Date any Claim to any person and no other person has an interest in the Claims that he is releasing.


4.            Acknowledgements by Employee. Employee acknowledges and agrees that Employee has read this Release in its entirety and that this Release is a general release of all known and unknown Claims. Employee further acknowledges and agrees that:


(i)this Release does not release, waive or discharge any rights or Claims that may arise for actions or omissions after the Effective Date of this Release and Employee acknowledges that he is not releasing, waiving or discharging any ADEA Claims that may arise after the Effective Date of this Release;


(ii)Employee is entering into this Release and releasing, waiving and discharging rights or Claims only in exchange for consideration which he is not already entitled to receive;


(iii)Employee has been advised, and is being advised by the Release, to consult with an attorney before executing this Release; Employee acknowledges that he has consulted with counsel of his choice concerning the terms and conditions of this Release;





(iv)Employee has been advised, and is being advised by this Release, that he has been given at least twenty-one (21) days within which to consider the Release, but Employee can execute this Release at any time prior to the expiration of such review period; and


(v)Employee is aware that this Release shall become null and void if he revokes his agreement to this Release within seven (7) days following the date of execution of this Release. Employee may revoke this Release at any time during such seven-day period by delivering (or causing to be delivered) to the Company written notice of his revocation of this Release no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the seventh (7th) full day following the date of execution of this Release (the “Effective Date”). Employee agrees and acknowledges that a letter of revocation that is not received by such date and time will be invalid and will not revoke this Release.


5.            Cooperation with Investigations and Litigation. Employee agrees, upon the Company’s request, to reasonably cooperate with the Company in any investigation, litigation, arbitration or regulatory proceeding regarding events that occurred during Employee’s tenure with the Company or its affiliate, including making himself or herself reasonably available to consult with Company’s counsel, to provide information and to give testimony. Company will reimburse Employee for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses Employee incurs in extending such cooperation, so long as Employee provides advance written notice of Employee’s request for reimbursement and provides satisfactory documentation of the expenses. Nothing in this section is intended to, and shall not, restrict or limit Employee from exercising his or her protected rights in Sections 2 or 4 hereof or restrict or limit Employee from providing truthful information in response to a subpoena, other legal process or valid governmental inquiry.


6.            Governing Law. To the extent not subject to federal law, this Release will be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Ohio applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within that state.


7.            Severability. If any provision of this Release should be declared to be unenforceable by any administrative agency or court of law, then remainder of the Release shall remain in full force and effect.


8.            Captions; Section Headings. Captions and section headings used herein are for convenience only and are not a part of this Release and shall not be used in construing it.


9.            Counterparts; Facsimile Signatures. This Release may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be deemed an original instrument without the production of any other counterpart. Any signature on this Release, delivered by either party by photographic, facsimile or PDF shall be deemed to be an original signature thereto.





IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Employee has signed this Release on _____________, 2021.