In response to coolade2's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
One point that probably should be made on this thread is that as of now, Martin has not threatened any lawsuit or made any attempt to file one (at least as far as I've heard). So the idea that he wanted to quit football and get money going out the door is pure speculation. There is an alternative possibility, and that's simply that Martin couldn't endure continued "harassment" from his teammates and didn't want to remain in a work environment where such behaviour was tolerated. I put "harassment" in quotes, here, because I'm using it as a general term, not as a legal term. The type of harassment to which Martin was subject may not have been technically illegal, but it still may have made the work environment intolerable for Martin. The question, then, is not a legal one, but simply a policy question. Does the NFL want to allow work environments where behaviour like Incognito's is tolerated and maybe even encouraged? I suspect not. Incognito's actions are, in my opinion, disgusting and deplorable, and I doubt the NFL wants to be seen by the public as an organization that promotes that kind of behaviour among its employees. I'm also not sure the NFL wants to create a work environment where talented young football players feel abused and (in extreme cases like Martin's) want to leave.
One thing I find interesting about this case, is what happens to Martin now. Normally, an employee who finds his work environment unsatisfactory can simply quit and go find a job in his field elsewhere. But the rules in football bind the employee to a single team. So what is Martin's recourse if he's harassed by his teammates on the Dolphins? Put up with it or end his NFL career? That's not, in my opinion, a satisfactory solution if there's clear evidence that Martin's dissatisfaction with the Dolphins was due solely to his teammates being abusive. In such a situation, it seems to me that the player should be allowed to seek employment with another team. It will be interesting to see how the union and league work this one out. Martin's contract binds him to the Dolphins. But if the Dolphins create an abusive work environment where Martin can't work, should that void the contract? I'd think yes, but we'll see how it plays out.
Interesting angle... But I would speculate that the contract is what the difference is. Most employee siuations are just that , no contract. The contract will be broken down to its exact wording and then most likely a settlement , Maybe by a court if it is pushed that far.
Funny, I just added a paragraph in my original post to point that out. I think that's what's interesting here. He is bound by contract to a team that he feels has created an intolerably abusive work environment. Unlike most employees, he can't just move to another team. That creates some interesting legal dilemmas. I'm sure it's a headache for the NFL and the NFLPA both--and it's one reason they'll want to take action to limit "hazing" in the future.