> The second Director to contact Guillory, Altman, also said he was authorized to negotiate on Cruise’s behalf and offered Guillory triple the amount of Vogt’s previous offer, but only if Guillory would agree to sign a formal settlement agreement that same day.
3 x $1.5 million = $4.5 million. Personally, I would have taken the money, but I think it must be incredibly hard to make such a decision under time pressure and without counsel. Still, you can retire on that money and basically be happy, and I would have chosen that over this shitstorm if I'd had the presence of mind.
It's pretty obvious to me that they pushed him. First he was pushed out from the company and then they tried to push him out of the bigger deal with $100,000.
All Internet outcry in the last few days about this is also pretty indicative. They used their influence to portray Guillory as a bad character all in "we are angels" and he's a freeloader way. Which of course considering Guillory previous work in the field is suspicious. He certainly contributed at the beginning and probably that contribution was very, very important for the company. Otherwise they wouldn't go all the way to $4.5 million.
The interesting point you make about "presence of mind". Exactly. No one in this case has the presence of mind. It reeks of anger and revenge. I feel the same way so I am rooting for the small guy here.