Former CEO sues, saying Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches owes her tens of thousands of dollars

Carol Van Gorp

Carol Van Gorp, the former chief executive of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, says the association owes her tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bonus, vacation time, medical expenses and car allowance.

In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed this week, Van Gorp said the association fired her in June 2015. While the suit doesn’t specify the amount Van Gorp is owed, her claim breaks down into four categories:

  • Bonus. Van Gorp said she was paid a 15 percent bonus every year since she took the CEO job in 2010. However, Van Gorp said she didn’t get a bonus for the period of May 2014 through May 2015. The suit doesn’t say how much she’s owed, but her base salary in 2014 was $304,764, suggesting a bonus of more than $45,000.
  • Paid time off. Van Gorp says she’s owed 183.82 hours. The suit doesn’t put a value on those hours, but her base salary in 2014 was $304,764, or $146.52 an hour based on a 40-hour week. That would equate to nearly $27,000 in PTO.
  • Unpaid medical expenses. “Plaintiff and plaintiff’s spouse incurred numerous medical expenses for which defendant has not reimbursed plaintiff,” the suit says.
  • Car allowance. Van Gorp also says she’s owed a car allowance of $400 a month for the six months after she was fired.

The Realtors Association has yet to file a response, and Van Gorp’s successor said she hadn’t seen the suit.

In 2014, Van Gorp was the fourth highest-paid association executive in the state, according to Palm Beach Post research. Her compensation totaled $380,477, according to the nonprofit’s tax return. That trailed only the Miami Association of Realtors ($463,983 for its CEO in 2014), Florida Realtors ($422,951) and the Orlando Association of Realtors ($392,371).

In a separate legal matter, American Express Centurion Bank sued Van Gorp in November, saying she owes $31,102.54.

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