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July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07

Lawsuit Against NCBTMB Settled

By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor

In what marks the end of an ongoing legal saga spanning almost three years, former National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Executive Director John A. Page has settled his lawsuit against his former employer, as well as former NCBTMB Board Chairperson Elizabeth MacIntyre.

The settlement, the terms of which remain confidential, was reached out of court.

Both Page and the NCBTMB released the same statement: "The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc. and John A. Page, former Executive Director of NCBTMP, have reached an amicable settlement of all disputes between them, the terms of which have not been released."

This settlement brings to a close a series of events that began on Aug. 26, 2006, when Elizabeth MacIntyre sent Page an e-mail on behalf of the NCBTMB Board allegedly terminating his employment, effective immediately, and barring him access to the NCBTMB office building. However, since Page's e-mail access was revoked on Aug. 26, the same day as his termination notice was sent out, he failed to receive it. Thus, when he arrived at the offices on Aug. 28, he was denied entrance. Page then filed a $1 million lawsuit in compensatory and punitive damages against both NCBTMB and MacIntyre for breach of contract and defamation.

He claimed that NCBTMB owed him, per their employment agreement, a full-year's salary and the monetary equivalent of any benefits he would have received with a three-month notice of termination. Furthermore, Page alleged that NCBTMB did not offer to pay for any sort of outplacement counseling, also in violation of their employment contract agreement. Finally, in regard to the defamation charge, Page claimed that MacIntyre's handling of his termination, as well as his treatment upon arrival at the NCBTMB offices on Aug. 28 had damaged his reputation.

MacIntyre had stated that Page's termination after 15 months on the job had been planned over several months and was part of a transition process. Page countered that it was his understanding that the transition was to take place over the course of three years.

In a statement sent to Massage Today, Page said he is, "very happy with the settlement I received. I'm happy to have it behind me, and it's nice to be able to move on with the record straight."

Resources

  1. "John A. Page vs. National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc. and Elizabeth McIntyre." Case Information Summary for Case Number 2006-L-010298, Nov. 29, 2006.
  2. "Former NCBTMB Director Files Suit." Massage Today, December 2006, www.massagetoday.com.

 

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