Former Kool-Aid Days Director Loses Lawsuit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The former executive director of Kool-Aid Days in Hastings has lost his lawsuit over a bonus.

Randy Kottwitz was seeking unpaid wages and damages from Nebraska's Official Soft Drink Heritage Foundation.

Judge Michael Offner ruled there was no reasonable expectation that Kottwitz receive the $5,000 bonus, because there was no promise from the foundation.

He'd received a bonus of $5,000 after the 2009 event. Kottwitz resigned the board offered only a $750 bonus for his work on the 2010 event.

Kottwitz says he felt entitled to the bonus as part of an oral agreement with the Kool-Aid Days board. He says the money was part of his salary package but was called a bonus because it was paid out of an annual donation from Kraft Foods.

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