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Bridezilla II: ‘Jilted’ ex-Gannett HR director talks!

July 25, 2008

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET: Former Pensacola News Journal human resources chief RoseMary Shell also talked to NBC’s Today about her $150,000 jury award Wednesday. Shell had sued her ex-fiance for breach of contract after he canceled their engagement last year. She told Today‘s Meredith Vieira: “I felt like justice was really done.”

Shell’s breach of contract suit revealed her pay in Pensacola, Fla., where she worked for a short time in 2006, before following her fiance to Gainesville, Ga. Shell now makes $31,000 a year at North Georgia College & State University. Here she is in an earlier interview, via The Associated Press.

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Bridezilla tales: What’s an HR director get paid?

July 24, 2008

Around $133,000 a year — at the Pensacola News Journal, anyway, according to a jury decision yesterday involving a former Gannett human resources chief who sued her fiance for breach of contract after he canceled their engagement.

The case involves jilted bride RoseMary Shell; ex-fiance Wayne Gibbs; the News Journal, and the formerly Gannett-owned Times in Gainesville, Ga. From the Times story: “Shell testified that she quit a job paying $81,000 a year in Pensacola, Fla., to move back to Gainesville and be with Gibbs after he proposed in October 2006. In December he left a note in the couple’s bathroom expressing second thoughts about the marriage, and he broke off the engagement for good in March 2007. Shell, who now makes $31,000 a year working for North Georgia College & State University, sued the following June.”

Yesterday, the jury sided with Shell, awarding her $150,000. In their deliberations, jurors considered Shell’s total compensation: Her $81,000 salary; a 15% annual bonus, and benefits valued at up to $40,000. Total: about $133,000 yearly. “She should have stayed in Florida,” juror Delita Smith told the Times. “I would, if I had that high-paying job.”

Noted: Gannett owned the Times from 1981-2004, when it sold the paper to Morris Multimedia.

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