This is the infamous "EMMIS GAG ORDER"

they call it a "severance agreement"


THIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE (the "agreement") is made and entered into by and among EMMIS TELEVISION BROADCASTING, LP d/b/a (PUT STATION CALL LETTERS HERE), an Indiana limited partnership with offices located at (station location here) (EMMIS) and (place terminated employee here), an individual with residence at (terminateds home address) ("Emploee")


WHEREAS, Emmis and Employee desire to amicably terminate their employment relationship; and

WEREAS, Emmis desires to offer Employee certain severance payments and benefits in exchange for Employee's agreement to enter into a severance agreement and general release.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants set forth in this Agreement, and for other good and valuble consideration, the receit and sufficiency of which are hereby ackknoledged, the parties aggree as follows:


1. Employee's employment with Emmis terminated as of (put date here)( the termination date)

2. Emmis aggrees to pay the Employee a one-time, lump sum payment of ( Minimum amount they can give you) persuant to Emmis customary payroll proceedures(subject to applicable taxes and other required withholdings)(the "settlement amount"). The settlement amount shall considered severance compansation in consideration of the general release granted herein by Employee and full and complete satisfaction of all wages and monies due and owed to Employee by Emmis. Employee hereby acknowleges and agrees that the Employee has no right to any other amounts or types of compansation from Emmis of any kind or character. Furthermore, Employee hereby expressly agrees to be solely responsible any tax liability which may result from payment of the aforementioned sums, including penalties and forfeitures arising from such payment, and further expressly acknoledges that Emmis is not liable in any way (other than with respect to amounts withheld by Emmis for taxes) for any tax consequences attributable to the Settlement Amount.

3. Employee hereby represent, warrants and covenants that , during the course of Employee`s employment with Emmis,Employee has not committed any act or omission whereby such act or omission would give rise to claims against the Emmis Group(as hereafter defined) or subject the Emmis Group to liability for tortious acts of any kind or character (including but not limited to claims of negligence, willful misconduct or gross negligence) or any violation of local, state or federal law, and that Emloyee hereby agrees to indemnify , defend and hold harmless the Emmis Group from any such claims or liability relating to, in connection with or in any way arising out of Employee`s actions during the course of Employee`s employment with Emmis. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee shall not have any liability to Emmis if: (a) the Employee`s conduct was in good faith: and (b) the employee reasonably believed that Employee`s conduct was in the best interests of Emmis; and (c) in the case of any criminal preceeding, Employee either had : (i) reasonable cause to believe the Employee`s conduct was lawful; or (ii) no reasonable cause to believe the Employee`s conduct was unlawful.

4. In consideration of the promises made herein, Employee , on behalf of Employee, Employee`s heirs, representatives, agents and assigns, HEREBY COVENANTS NOT TO SUE, FULLY RELEASES AND FOREVER DISCHARGES (i) Emmis, (ii) its parent corporation, subsidiaries, affiliats, partners and related entities, (iii) each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, insurers, attorneys and representatives, and (iv) each predecessor, successor, and assign thereof (the "Emmis Group"), from and against any and all actions, charges, claims, losses, cost, damages, expenses ( including attorney`s fees and expeses) and liabilities of any kind or character, whether known or unknown, which Employee now has or may have had through the date of this Agreement, including but not limited to claims of negligence, arising out of, in connection with, or in any way relating to Employee`s employment with Emmis. Employee acknowledges and agrees that this general release is specifically inteded to be as broad and comprehensive as permitted by (put state here) law.

5. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Employee agrees that this release includes all claims or potential claims arising under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. s200e, et seq.), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (29 U.S.C. s 621, et seq.), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. s12101, et seq.), the Employee Retirment and Income Security Act(29 U.S.C s 1001, et seq.), the fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C s 201, et seq.), the (put state here) Employment Discrimination Law, or any other potential claim arising under any federal , state or local law andand all causes of action sounding in contract, tort, or any other common law basis arising prior to the Effective Date.

6. The Parties acknolwledge that it is their mutual and specific intent that the above waiver fully comply with the requirments of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act.Accordingly, Employee herby acknowledges that:

(a) Emploee has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily with a full understanding of its terms and conditions;

(b) the Settlement Amount offered in exchange for Employee`s release of claims exceeds in kind and scope that to which Employee would have other wise been legally entitled:

(c) Prior to signing this Agreement , Employee has been advised in writing to consult with an attorney of Employee`s choice concerning its terms and conditions; and

(d) Employee has been offered forty-five (45) days within which to consider this Agreement.

7. The parties agree that nothing contained herein shall purport to waiver or affect any of Employee`s ricght or claims that may arise after the Effective Date.

8. The parties agree that this Agreement shall not become effective and enforceable until seven (7) days after this Agreement is signed by the Employee( the "Effective Date"), and that the Employee may revoke this Agreement for any reason by providing written notice of such intent proir to the Effective Date, therby forfeiting Employee`s right to receive the Settlement Amount.

9. Employee agrees not to discuss, or otherwise disclose in any fasion , the existance or terms of this Agreement with any individual or entity not party to this Agreement except as required by law or with Emmis` prior written consent.Furthermore, Employee agrees to refrain from making any negitive or disparaging remarks of any kind or character to any individual or entity not party to this agreement regarding any member of the Emmis Group for a period of two (2) years beginning on the Effective Date. Employee furthermore understands and agrees that any violation of this paragraph shall permit Emmis to terminate this agreement and seek repayment of any ammounts paid to Employee under the terms of this Agreement.

10. In the event any portion of this Agreement is adjudged to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.

11. The parties agree that this Agreement is entered into and executed solely for the purpose of terminating the parties` employment relationship on an amicable and certain basis and shall not be constreued as an admision of liability or wrongdoing.

12. Each of the agreements and promises contained in this Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benifit of the heirs, executors, administrators, agents, and successors-in-interest of each of the parties.

13. Each party shall there own cost or expenses (including but not limited to attorneys` fees and expenses) incurred in connection with nagotiation, eecution or delivery of this Agreement or the settlement of any claims or disputes among the parties.

14. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with , the laws of the state of Indiana.

15. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and shall not be revised or otherwise changed except by a signed writing executed by both parties.

IN WITNESS WEREOF, the parties have themselves signed, or caused a duly autherized agent thereof to sign, this Agreement on their behalf and thereby acknowledge their intent to be legally bound by each and all the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Read Carfully before signing- this Agreement contains a general release!

(victoms name)                         EMMIS TELEVISION
                                      d/b/a (station call)

Signature_________________           By:_____________________

Printed_______________           VP & GM of the station


You have to ask your self what do they have to hide !!!!!!!!!

Every effort was taken to copy this thing verbaitum, If there is a type O let me know.