A claim filed by former Cohere Communications college intern, William
Pfunk, alleging discriminatory treatment by the telecom company due to
his military status, is "utterly baseless," says Cohere CEO & Founder
As an intern and not an employee, Cohere believes Mr. Pfunk is not
protected by the statute under which he has filed his claim. Francesco,
in a statement added, "even if he had been a Cohere employee, Mr. Pfunk
deserved to be removed from our internship program because of his
irresponsible and inconsiderate conduct."
Mr. Pfunk initially relied on his military background and contacts with
friends and family to obtain a spot in Cohere's internship program. His
status as an Army Reservist was a principal reason for being invited to
join the program, making his claim against the company all the more
puzzling and shocking.
Well-disposed toward people in the military, Mr. Francesco himself is a
U.S. Navy veteran, hailing from a military family with a long
history of service to the country. For 38 years Mr. Francesco's father
worked in weapons development for the US. Navy and his brother
currently works as a physicist with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
According to Cohere, Mr. Pfunk encountered substantial problems during
his short time interning at the company, and so, was not viewed as a
candidate for employment. However, when Mr. Pfunk e-mailed Mr. Francesco
on the evening of April 8, 2012 (Easter Sunday) announcing he would not
be present the following day and rest of the week, to attend Army
training exercises, Mr. Pfunk left Cohere with no choice but to remove
him from its internship program..
Contrary to Mr. Pfunk's allegations, documents show he was aware of this
exercise for at least several days prior to his last-minute e-mail, yet
failed to give Cohere prior notice of his absence. Cohere viewed Mr.
Pfunk's conduct as an indication he was no longer interested in
continuing his internship or in being considered for employment with
Cohere after graduating from college. In light of these facts and
compounded by Mr. Pfunk's own performance issues, Cohere believes it
acted fairly and justifiably by releasing him from its internship
Gallagher, Harnett & Lagalante LLP are representing both Steve Francesco
and Cohere Communications in this matter.
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