Was your employment contract breached? If your employer fired you in violation of the terms of your employment contract, you may be entitled to seek compensation for breach of contract. However, some employment contracts contain language that allows the employer to fire the employee for cause, or no cause after giving a required notice.
Breach of employee contract cases are generally different than wrongful termination [hyperlink to wrongful termination] lawsuits. Breach of contract employment law is different than the right to bring a tort action for wrongful termination. Breach of contract damages do not include damages for emotional distress, or punitive damages, but wrongful termination lawsuits can. Damage and remedy recoveries in breach of employment contracts are limited to recoveries for what the employment contract called for. Some breach of employment contract lawsuits can include Labor Code Violations for late pay and the non-payment of wages. Those California Labor Code provisions may require the employer who breached the contract to pay the employee’s attorney fees. Additionally, some employment contracts have specified provisions about attorney fees being available, or not available in the event of breach of the employment contract.
At the Employment Lawyers Group, our California employment attorneys have extensive experience litigating employment law disputes, including employment contract terminations of employment. We represent executives, managers, sales employees, and other employees covered an employment contracts. Contact us at 1-877-525-0700 to discuss your employment law case and find out your options.
Written employment contracts usually have a provision that allows the employer or employee to terminate the contract with cause. In these cases, the main dispute may be what "cause" is and how it is defined in the contract. Common issues in employment contract breaches include:
Back and front pay based upon the duration of the employment contract
Unpaid commissions and bonuses
You may also be protected in situations in which you do not have a written contract. Implied or oral contracts are difficult to enforce, but your employer may not be unjustly enriched by your services.
Some employment contracts also give the employer the right to terminate the employee with 30 days notice. Our labor lawyers can review your employment contract and let you know whether the termination was legal or whether you have a good breach of contract case.
To speak to a Los Angeles breach of employment contract attorney, call 877-525-0700 toll free. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis with no upfront costs. Se habla español.