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Three Common Breach of Contract Disputes

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.

Performance Expectations

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.

Wrongful Termination

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 employment attorney! Call Buckley Beal, LLP today at (404) 471-3725 to request a case evaluation.
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