As a new employee, you sign a contract with the idea that it will protect both parties while providing important information regarding your employment.
Even if you do your part in living up to the terms and conditions of the employment contract, it doesn’t mean that your employer will do the same. It’s possible they could breach the contract in some way, which puts you in a compromising position.
Regardless of why your company breached the contract, it’s critical to take the following steps:
- Review your contract: Don’t just assume that you understand the language of your contract. Review it in great detail to ensure that what you think is true is actually true.
- Discuss your concerns with the HR department: Let them know why you feel that your contract was breached. And of course, express your concerns and willingness to take action should you be unable to find middle ground.
- Seek compensation for damages: For example, compensatory damages are most likely in the event of a breached contract, as this gives you the compensation you would have received if your employment had remained on course.
When you lose your job, it’s easy to walk away and chalk it up as something that will work out for the better in the long run. However, if you do this in the event of a contract breach, you could be missing out on compensation that is due to you.
Once you review your contract and understand your legal rights, you can decide if it makes sense to take legal action against your former employer.