Employment Contracts – When to Involve an Attorney
Employment contracts are binding legal documents. This means, when you enter into an employment agreement, you could face litigation should a dispute or disagreement arise. Thus, it is important to have the experience of our Dallas commercial litigation attorney to handle the legal issues of your case and protect your interests.
In general, a lawyer can help in 3 main ways:
- Drafting an agreement. Employment contracts often involve a lot of complicated factors that you need to consider. These involve legal or financial aspects that affect your rights as a business owner or employee. An experienced attorney can analyze these factors and help ensure you cover all important matters in the contract so you aren’t left with a stressful situation later on.
- Negotiating an agreement. Sometimes, if you get into a disagreement with another party in an employment contract, it may be necessary to negotiate informally to try and reach a resolution. This may involve mediation, where an impartial mediator will guide the conversation and help you reach an agreement. Having legal representation on your side is very helpful. An attorney can answer your questions, protect your interests, and discuss your options for pursuing a beneficial outcome.
- Litigation regarding a breach of contract claim. If negotiation, mediation, or other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) fail, formal litigation may be necessary. This involves a court process, and can be very stressful and time consuming. When facing employment litigation over a breach of contract claim, it is important to hire a knowledgeable attorney who can represent your side, gather evidence in support of your argument, and work diligently on your behalf.
Understanding Breach of Contract Disputes
A breach of employment contract often involves wrongful termination. If the employer terminates an employee without complying with the employment agreement, the employee may seek compensation by filing a breach of contract claim. Thus, it is important to thoroughly understand the terms of the employment contract, and to abide by its regulations in order to avoid a breach of contract lawsuit.
At-will employment contracts allow an employee to be fired for any reason at any time. However, firing an employee out of retaliation for taking part in a protected activity (such as filing a workers’ compensation claim) is illegal. Oral and implied contracts may also be upheld in court, if the terms of the contract can be proven with sufficient evidence.
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If you need legal assistance drafting an employment agreement, or you need representation with litigation or mediation, The Hunnicutt Law Firm can help. We know employment disputes can be stressful. That is why we will handle the complicated legal aspects so you don’t have to. Backed by more than 25 years of legal experience, our Dallas business litigation lawyer can analyze your situation and provide informative legal assistance.
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