I am getting some stock options for work I already finished last year, but they said it needs to vest for tax reasons.
My lawyer said I don't have to pay taxes until I exercise my options which will be later and it should be vested 100% because it is for work already finished. Do I have the right to insist my options be vested 100% if they are for work already performed last year?
The options come with 4 years vesting and a 1-year cliff and has a clause that say they can fire me for no reason at any time.
My lawyer says I am an independent contractor and I live in NY so this clause is not necessary, so we requested this part to be removed which they refused (they argued that it is a default template of the Californian company and cannot be changed).
Are they right to insist on these kinds of unreasonable clauses? Is this worth the risk?