When you are hired for a skilled position, you most likely will be asked to sign an employment contract. While you assumed this would cover the terms and conditions of the position, you may not have realized that a non-compete would be included in the fine print.
Now, you’re preparing for a new job and are worried that your prior employment contract will become a legal battle. You need the employment contract dispute attorneys of Brown Kwon & Lam to help you.
What is an employment contract?
An employment contract details the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and the employee for the length of employment. The contract will include:
- Salary or wages
- Duration of employment
- General duties and tasks
- Non-compete agreement
These contracts are not typically intended to protect you as an employee but rather to make sure the company has covered its bases. While they can be helpful to an employee as it allows you to know exactly what is expected of you and for what amount of pay, there may be elements that you do not understand, which is why you should bring your contract to an employee rights attorney before signing if you have concerns.
While an employment contract is typically written, in some cases they may be verbal or implied contracts. These types of contracts are deduced from comments made during an interview or job promotion, or from something said in a training manual or handbook. Though it can be difficult to prove, these contracts may be legally binding if it can be proven via comments or other forms of communication.
Breach of Contract
While your employment contract is really to protect your employer, it doesn’t mean you can’t use it to your advantage. This is of particular importance when it comes to a breach of the employment contract.
If you are promised a set amount of wages, bonuses, time off, etc., and your employer does not follow through, you may be able to sue for damages in the form of lost wages, etc. However, how much you may be able to sue for will greatly depend on the terms of your contract.
How can I prove a breach of employment contract occurred?
If your employer has failed to follow through with the terms of a contract in regards to compensation, paid leave, or termination, let Brown Kwon & Lam handle your case. We may be able to show that the contract was unenforceable because of:
- Vague language used
- Implied rather than stated terms
- Overreaching clauses
However, this may be difficult to prove alone, which is why you need a strong legal team standing beside you.
Contact The New York City Contract Disputes Attorneys Today
When you signed your employment contract, you felt that you had carefully considered all elements. However, now you wonder if you made the right choice. Let the employee rights attorneys of Brown Kwon & Lam review your case. Contact the employee rights attorneys at Brown Kwon & Lam today.