It’s critical to review your employment contract before you begin working for a new employer. Neglecting to do so could result in you signing something that doesn’t have your best interests in mind.
Your employment contract protects you in many ways, such as in the event of termination. It’s possible that your company may have terminated your employment in violation of your contract.
Here are some things you need to remember:
- You have legal rights: If your employer fires you in violation of the terms and conditions of your contract, it may be considered wrongful termination. You have the legal right to fight back should this be the case.
- Your employment contract and employee handbook go together hand in hand: For example, if your handbook notes that a specific number of warnings be given before termination, your employer is likely bound to this procedure.
- You can have an oral agreement: It’s best to have a written employment contract, but oral and implied promises are not out of the question. If this is the case, make note of exactly what you were told, while collecting any information you have that backs this up, such as an email from a supervisor.
You hope that you’re never terminated, but if this happens it’s critical to review your employment contract to understand your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to ask for clarification, which could eventually lead you to take additional action.
If your employment contract is violated, don’t give up until you’re happy with the resolution in front of you.