As an employee of a company in the United States, you are entitled to a number of rights. It is important to obtain a written employment contract to ensure that your rights are understood by you and your employer, and to ensure that your rights will be protected. As an employee with an employment contract, subject to your specific contract, you are most often protected from such things as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and other harmful practices by employers. Employees are also afforded certain rights in terms of sick pay/leave and maternity rights, any of which can create liability if they are denied.
Employee’s can also be open to liability for certain acts. If an employee discriminates against another person it can create “good reason” to be terminated. An employee can also be subject to liability if the employee does not give proper notice of such things as maternity leave or intent to terminate the working relationship with the employer. Some employee’s can also be subject to liability even after the employment contract is terminated if the contract contained a non-compete clause. However, some non-compete clauses are not upheld by the courts because they are unconscionable or are too restrictive of the former employee’s right to work.
These are just some of the simple ways that an employee contract can create liability for either the employer or the employee. It is important to have an experienced attorney review your employment contract so you can fully understand what rights you have and what acts may open you up to liability. The Boyer Law Firm, PL is experienced in reviewing such contracts and can help you understand your rights. Call Boyer Law Firm today with any questions you may have, we are here to help.