Chen worked until February 1, 2008, but will be considered an employee until May 8, 2008, giving her extra pension credits. This date of May 8 is achieved through her sick and vacation days, plus “paid administrative leave” (read: free paid days that she didn’t earn).She’ll also get health insurance until June 30. Total cost of hush money and benefits: $30,000.
In exchange, Chen can’t sue the city and can’t tell anyone anything about the city. And both sides agree to not say anything “defamatory” about each other. (Hint: If it’s true, it’s not defamation.)