AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS
1. I, John Harland, ("Employee"), understand that my employment with
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (the "Company") ended effective
August 24, 2001.
2. I understand and agree that I will receive the following separation
package from the Company in return for entering into this Agreement and
Release of Claims:
(a) The Company will pay my salary and medical benefits until the end
of September, 2001.
(b) I will be vested in an additional forty eight thousand five
hundred shares (48,500 shares) of the Company's Common Stock I
acquired upon exercise of the option under the Option Agreement,
and I will be entitled to retain eighty two thousand five hundred
shares (82,500 shares) of the Company's Common Stock I acquired
under the Option Agreement. The Company will exercise its right
of repurchase with respect to the balance of the shares (199,000
(c) I will deliver a check in the amount of $131,000.00 as payment
for the shares in which I am vested, or in which I become vested
pursuant to this Agreement and Release of Claims, plus interest
accrued pursuant to the terms of the Promissory Note. The Company
will cancel the Promissory Note thereby declaring it null and
void, when the correct amount is received.
I acknowledge that this separation package is given in exchange for my
signing this Agreement and Release of Claims, and that I am not
otherwise entitled to receive this separation package from the Company.
I understand this separation package is given in order to avoid costly,
time-consuming proceedings and is not an admission of any wrongdoing by
3. I agree that the above listed separation package is in full satisfaction
of any claims, liabilities, demands or causes of action, known or
unknown, that I ever had, now have or may claim to have had against the
Company or any parents, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees,
stockholders or agents of the Company as of the date of this Agreement
and Release of Claims (excepting claims for vested benefits based on my
employment, workers' compensation insurance, or unemployment insurance
benefits). Any such claims, whether for discrimination, including claims
under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, wrongful
termination, breach of contract, breach of public policy, physical or
mental harm or distress or any other claims are hereby released and I
agree and promise that I will not file any lawsuit asserting any such
4. When I joined AFOP, I signed the Employee's Proprietary Information and
Inventions Agreement regarding confidential information and intellectual
property in which I agreed to protect Company confidential information
both during and after my employment. That agreement is incorporated by
reference here. As a condition of accepting the separation package set
forth in Section 3 above, I reaffirm my obligation to keep secret all
confidential information that belongs to the Company.
5. I agree to return all property that belongs to the Company.
6. I agree not to make any communications or engage in any conduct that is
or can reasonably be construed to be disparaging of the Company, its
officers, directors, founders, employees, agents, stockholders, products
or services. Likewise, the Company agrees not to do the same to the
7. I hereby expressly waive the provisions of California Civil Code section
1542, regarding the waiver of unknown claims. California Civil Code
section 1542 provides as follows:
A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR
DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF
EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY
AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.
8. As a condition of accepting the separation package set forth in Section
3, I agree to keep confidential the terms of this Agreement and Release
of Claims and any negotiations or discussions leading thereto. I
understand that I am permitted to disclose these terms to my accountant,
attorney or spouse, if any, or if required by law.
9. If any term of this Agreement and Release of Claims is held to be
invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement and
Release of Claims shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no
way be affected, and the parties shall use their best efforts to find an
alternative way to achieve the same result.
10. The provisions of this Agreement and Release of Claims set forth the
entire agreement between me and the Company concerning my separation
package and the separation of my employment, provided however, that this
Agreement and Release of Claims does not supersede my obligations to
maintain the confidentiality of Company information, whether arising
from the Employee's Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
referred to above in Section 5, or from operation of law. Any other
promises, written or oral, are replaced by the provisions of this
Agreement and Release of Claims, and are no longer effective unless they
are contained in this document. This Agreement and Release of Claims can
only be changed in writing, signed by me and the Chief Executive Officer
of the Company.
11. I agree that any future disputes between me and the Company (the
"parties") including but not limited to disputes arising out of or
related to this Agreement and Release of Claims, shall be resolved by
binding arbitration, except where the law specifically forbids the use
of arbitration as a final and binding remedy, in Santa Clara County,
California in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration
Association by one arbitrator appointed in accordance with said rules.
The Arbitrator shall apply California law, without references to rules
of conflicts law or rules of statutory arbitration, to the resolution of
any dispute. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be
entered in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties may apply to any court of
competent jurisdiction for preliminary or interim equitable relief, or
to compel arbitration in accordance with this Section.
12. I have been advised and understand that I have three (3) days to decide
whether or not to sign this Agreement. This period is designed to allow
me to consult with a financial advisor, accountant, attorney or anyone
else whose advice I choose to seek. The Company advises me to consult
with an attorney.
13. I have been advised and understand that after signing this document I
have seven (7) days to revoke my agreement to the terms of this
document. Any revocation should be in writing and should be delivered to
Peter C. Chang AT the Company's headquarters at 735 North Pastoria
Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085, by 5:00 p.m. at the end of the
seventh day after signing this document or should be mailed to Peter C.
Chang at that same address by certified mail, postmarked no later than
seven (7) days after signing this Agreement. This Agreement will not
become effective until the seven (7) day revocation period has passed.
14. By signing below, I acknowledge that I am entering into this Agreement
and Release of Claims knowingly and voluntarily. In addition, I hereby
acknowledge by my signature that I have carefully read and fully
understand all the provisions of this Agreement and Release of Claims.
By my signature, I agree to the terms set forth above, and I agree to
this Agreement and Release of Claims.
Date: 8/23, 2001
/s/ JOHN M. HARLAND
John M. Harland
Date: 8/23, 2001
/s/ PETER CHANG
Alliance Fiber Optics Products, Inc.
By: Peter Chang