Most employees do not have a written employment contract, although some do. And as non-compete agreements become more prevalent, so are employment contracts. Generally, an employment contracts is the first resort for considering an employee’s legal rights, options and risks. In specific instances, and employee handbook can be an implied contract. Whether it is an implied contract or an express contract, our law firm has knowledge of the law and experience in the courtroom. We have litigated wrongful termination arising from breach of contract, wage claims based upon failure to pay bonuses or commissions, and we have tried non-compete cases with millions hanging in the balance.
Also, when employment ends, employers may present an employee with a severance agreement, which contains a provision for payment of severance, references, non-disparagement, and a release of claims. It is important to have an attorney review these severance agreements prior to signing. What are the value of the claims you are giving up? What standard terms should you insist on? Should you demand reciprocity in all material obligations relating to confidentiality and non-disparagement?
Many times executives and professions have contracts with a stated term of employment. This provides leverage “at will” employees do not have. There may be other legal strategies to strengthen your position while you negotiate your exit or your next opportunity. Many of these contracts also contain non-competes, non-solicits and non-disclosure. Whatever it is, we have you covered. Been there. Done that.
South Carolina Employment Contract Lawyer
As an employment lawyer, Andy Arnold has reviewed hundreds of employment agreements, compensation agreements, settlement agreements, non-competes and severance agreements. He can advise you whether you are negotiating an agreement or need to litigate a breach of contract case. If you have a contract you are negotiating or one that has been breached, call 864.242.4800 to set up an initial consultation.