Northridge Breach of Contract Lawyers
Standing Up for Employees throughout the San Fernando Valley
Has your employer violated the terms of your contract? Employment contracts are legally binding agreements; they define the relationship between you and your employer as to rights and obligations on both sides. Employment contracts can be written, verbal, or implied by the very nature of your hiring. When your employer fails to live up to what is expected or has been promised via the contract, you may need to initiate legal action against him/her in a breach of contract claim.
At K2 Employment Law, our employment law attorneys are well-versed in the statutes and laws regarding breaches of employment contracts. Our legal team has considerable experience in handling these issues, as we have both fought and defended some of the largest companies in all types of disputes and claims. Our focus now is on representing employees in employment law cases. Breach of contract is an issue we are deeply familiar with and for which we can provide knowledgeable and aggressive representation.
Examples of Contract Violations
Written employment contracts typically pertain to high-level executives—such as CEOs, CFOs, and the like—when complicated terms and conditions are involved, such as matters related to performance, compensation, benefits, bonuses, and commissions. When the terms of the contract are violated by the employer without “good cause,” then the matter may end up in dispute. This can lead to arbitration between the employer and the employee, often written into the contract as a way to resolve differences without resorting to litigation.
Anything your employer has done, however, to violate your employment agreement, whether it is written or not, may be considered cause to bring in a legal professional.
Examples of employment contract violations include:
- Being fired or laid off before your contract has expired for reasons that are not covered in the contract
- Being denied the compensation, bonuses, or other financial incentives agreed upon in the contract
- Being denied other benefits promised in the contract
These would be considered fundamental breaches for which you may consider the contract void or for which you may seek remedy through arbitration or other legal action. As the injured party, damages that you may seek when your employer breaches a contract would be for all of the clear and measurable loss or harm caused to you by the breach.
Remedies for Breach of Contract
When a breach of contract happens, the other person or party affected is entitled to a remedy or relief backed by law. The most common type of remedies would include:
The most common remedy include the payment of damages in one form or another. The different types of damages claimed could be the following:
Compensatory damages are tailored to aid the party who did not breach the contract by putting them in the position as if the breach did not occur.
Punitive damages are meant to punish the breaching party for their wrongful acts by having them pay well beyond what would be full compensation to the non-breaching party. (This type of damages are rarely awarded on business contracts).
Nominal damages can be given when there was no money loss for the non-breaching party. This is typically awarded to prove that someone was right, sparking a token of about $1 or covering attorney fees as nominal damages.
Liquidated damages are damages identified between both parties beforehand, stating what the cost would be in the event that the contract was breached. An example of this could be between a landlord and a tenant and state what the tenant would pay if they were to break the lease early.
Specific performance is a remedy when damages are insufficient as a legal solution and instead orders the breaching party member to comply with the initial terms of the contract. Specific performance remedies are issued on cases that involve such items as rare artifacts, heirlooms or expensive art.
Cancellation and Restitution
Non-breaching party members can cancel the contract and sue for restitution if a benefit has been given to the breaching party. Cancellation of the contract simply voids the contract and relieves everyone of any obligations under the initial agreement. Restitution is a remedy that puts the non-breaching party members back into the position they were in before the breach of contract happened.
Talk to an Attorney at Our Firm Today
If you have questions about whether your employment contract has been violated and how to resolve the situation, you should seek legal counsel from a Northridge employment contract dispute attorney at K2 Employment Law. Our firm is dedicated to seeking justice for any employee who has been subjected to unfair or illegal treatment by his or her employer, including being denied overtime, proper wage and hour compensation, and more, all of which are implied factors in your employment. With our experience, knowledge, and resolve, we can help you fight for your legal rights in the workplace.
Call (800) 590-7674 to speak to one of our attorneys about your case.