Breach Of An Employment Contract
Employment contracts usually contain specific terms and conditions of the employment relationship, such as duration, pay, and responsibilities. For example, an employment contract may contain provisions with specifying a fixed term of employment, providing that employment will be terminated only “just cause” for termination, requiring specific notice of termination, and/or specifying minimum severance pay.
If you are working in North Carolina under an employment contract, the “at-will” provisions of North Carolina employment law may not apply to you. Although most North Carolina employees do not have written contracts covering their employment, some do. Executives and experts specializing in certain technical fields often have employment agreements with provisions governing the circumstances in which they can be terminated.
Additionally, to retain employees, employers are increasingly imposing restrictive covenants, such as non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure clauses, on employees who have access to confidential, proprietary or insider information.
What Constitutes a Breach of an Employment Contract?
A wide range of disputes involve the breach of an employment contract, including wrongful termination, failure to pay wages due under an employment agreement, failure to provide severance payment, and violation of the terms of non-compete, non-solicitation agreements or restrictive covenants. If your employer breaks a term in a legally enforceable employment agreement, you may have the right to sue your employer for economic damages you sustained as a result of the breach. If you do not comply with a valid restrictive covenant, your employer may have the right to sue you.
Protecting Employee Rights
If you have a breach of contract dispute with your employer, let the experienced attorneys at GMFM fight to protect your rights. contact us for an evaluation of your case.