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Breach of Employment Contract

Protecting Employees in CONTRACTUAL Disputes

Being offered an employment contract is usually an exciting opportunity and cause for celebration. Before signing the agreement, it is critical that you review the terms and ensure that they are fair and acceptable to you. Although some employers play by the rules, others attempt to take advantage of prospective employees or even existing employees by including unfavorable or unduly restrictive terms in a contract.

At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, our Los Angeles employment contract lawyers have assisted many clients throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. It may be tempting to navigate the situation on your own, but having an experienced attorney at your side can make a difference in protecting your rights, especially if a dispute surrounding termination or another part of the contract later arises.

Contact us online or by phone at (310) 935-0225 to discuss your employment contract.

Understanding Your Rights Under an Employment Contract

Employment contracts can be complex. They can cover any topic that the parties wish to discuss, including:

  • Stock options
  • Performance criteria
  • Compensation
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Severance agreements
  • Termination procedures

Issues that often show up in employment contracts involve nondisclosure agreements and covenants to not compete. These clauses place restrictions on where the employee can work after leaving the current company and what they can discuss during and after the employment relationship. California has taken a clear position on non-compete clauses, preventing companies from placing this type of restraint on an employee’s ability to accept work in the same geographic location or in the same industry. Despite this, many companies still attempt to include non-compete agreements in their employment contracts.

Termination Protocols

Another important issue is termination protocol. A contract may contain a set of procedures that must be followed when terminating an employee. It may also discuss the type of conduct that could result in the employee’s termination. Similarly, many employment contracts cover severance and separation agreements. An employment contract attorney at our Los Angeles firm can advise you on these. When negotiating these aspects of your contract, you may have several options, including a severance payment, stock options, and property rights to intellectual property that you developed or helped develop while working with the company.

These are just a few examples of the terms and conditions that may arise in an employment contract. Each contract is unique, and there are several factors to consider when it comes to your goals. Whether you are negotiating an employment contract or embroiled in a dispute regarding how your agreement should be interpreted, an employment lawyer can help you ensure that you take the appropriate legal steps in protecting your rights.

Taking Action after a Breach of an Employment Contract

Although some employment contracts are successful and never serve as the basis of a dispute, there are other situations in which an employer breaches an agreement in an effort to advance its own interests or to take advantage of the employee.

Realizing that your employer has breached your employment contract can be upsetting, but a Los Angeles employment contract attorney can advise you on what to do in this situation. The entire point of a contract is to reach a mutually acceptable understanding regarding the terms of the relationship. If you have a valid written or oral employment contract, and your employer violates the terms of that agreement, you can bring a breach of contract claim against your employer to recover damages.

Explore Your Options with an Employment Contract Lawyer in Los Angeles

If you believe that your employer breached the terms of your employment agreement, you may have a claim for damages against that employer. At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, we are prepared to help you evaluate your potential claim, gather evidence, identify witnesses, and present a strong case.

We represent clients in cities such as Beverly Hills, Burbank, El Segundo, Encino, Glendale, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Sherman Oaks, as well as other areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. We are also experienced in employment discrimination disputes and other matters related to the workplace. To schedule your free consultation, call us now at (310) 935-0225 or contact us online.

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