The relationship between employers and employees are bound by thousands
of rules, laws, and regulations, however both parties may choose to go
a step further and utilize a contract that even further defines the terms
of this relationship. However, just because a contract exists doesn’t
mean it won’t be broken or violated from time to time, either intentionally
or by accident. Want to know more about your options as a worker when
your employment contract is breached? Here are three of the most common
breaches and what you can do about them.
Wage & Hour Disputes
Perhaps the most common type of employment dispute revolves around the
hours an employee worked and how much they ought to be paid for that amount
of time. Keeping track of time cards, hour logs, or even individual tasks
completed can get complicated, leading to understandable errors or mistakes.
However, some employers are more malicious in their intent, and try to
use the terms of a contract to avoid having to pay for the labor they
receive. These situations are usually resolved simply by bringing the
error to your employer’s attention, but those who are dealing with
one of the latter situations may need to speak to an attorney to find
out more about what they can do to obtain legal enforcement.
Some contracted employees are required to perform to a certain standard
in their job, either numerically or behaviorally. This is extremely common
in sales positions, where workers are often required to hit certain quotas
in order to fulfill the terms of their contract. While many employers
go to great lengths to make these expectations clear and achievable, others
try to use these standards as a way of undercutting pay, reducing hours,
or even terminating an employee unjustifiably. This becomes even easier
if the terms regarding performance expectations aren’t expressly clear.
Many employment contracts dictate not only what an employee should expect
to be paid and what they’re expected to do, but they also include
specific details on when an employee may be terminated, and for what reasons.
If you find that you’ve been let go for a reason not allowed in
your contract, you may be able to take legal action against your employer
for wrongful termination. This is particularly common when it comes to
whistleblower employees who expose wrongdoing in their companies.
Has your employer violated the terms of your employment contract? Learn
more about your options and secure your rights by speaking with an Atlanta
Call Buckley Beal, LLP today at (404) 471-3725 to request a case evaluation.