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Things to know about wrongful termination and breach of contract

There are many forms of wrongful termination, all of which can lead to a situation in which you no longer have a job.

Many people overlook the fact that breach of contract is one of the most common types of wrongful termination. Here are some of the many questions to answer if you have reason to believe that you can file a wrongful termination claim as the result of breach of contract:

  • Did you have a written contract in place while you were working for the employer?
  • Did your employee provide you with an employee handbook outlining termination and other related details?
  • Did your employer or supervisor ever make an agreement, either on paper or verbally, that guaranteed your job?
  • Did your employer ever make a statement that you could only be terminated for a particular reason?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have grounds to stand on in regards to your wrongful termination claim.

The best thing you can do is collect as much information as possible, as you need to have a clear idea of where you stand, what went wrong and the steps you can take to make things right in the future.

Breach of contract is every bit as serious as it sounds. You sign a contract with the idea that your employer will live up to his or her end, however, this doesn't always hold true. If you find yourself in this position, it's time to learn more about the steps you can take and your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Termination Checklist," accessed Dec. 12, 2017

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