What kinds of Situations can Lead to Employment Contract Disputes?
Employment contracts are legally binding agreements that create rights and responsibilities between employers and employees. These agreements generally detail the nature and scope of a position, the amount that an employee will be paid, any benefits that they employee will have, grounds for termination, and other important details regarding a job. When these terms come into dispute, it can often result in costly litigation and loss of employee morale. As a result, it is important for any business involved in an employment contract dispute or that anticipates that such as dispute may arise to contact a West Palm Beach commercial litigation attorney as soon as possible.
Employment Contract Disputes Can Take A Number Of Forms
In the traditional full-time employment scenario, an employee spends a significant percentage of his or her day-to-day life at work. In addition, many positions have the potential to evolve and change over time as the needs of a company or the marketplace change. For these and many other reasons, employee-employer disputes regarding the issues that are the subject of the terms and conditions of an employment contract are virtually unavoidable. Some of the more common disputes that often arise in the employer-employee relationship include the following:
|● Disputes regarding pay
● Wrongful termination
● The disclosure of confidential information
● Disagreements regarding job duties
● Employee conduct at the workplace
|● Sexual harassment
● Benefits disputes
● Employee conduct outside of work
● Vacation disputes
● Disagreements regarding promotions
Importantly, businesses should avoid litigation whenever possible. Taking a dispute to court can be extremely expensive and can create negative publicity, especially in a high-profile dispute. In many cases, consumers tend to identify with other employees rather than businesses, so litigating a particularly adversarial dispute may have an effect on whether consumers choose to continue to patronize your business. Resolving a dispute as early as possible is generally the best course of action, and an attorney can often help negotiate a mutually agreement resolution in an informal way.
Retaining An Experienced Law Firm Can Help Business Avoid Employment Contract Disputes
The most effective way to avoid these and other types of employment contract disputes is to consult with an attorney regarding the terms, conditions, and clauses in the employment contracts that your business uses. While it may be tempting to avoid the cost associated with consulting with a lawyer during the contract development process, it can cost significantly more to avoid an avoidable dispute with an employee. In order to be effective and enforceable, a contract must comply with certain legal requirements imposed by Florida law and be written in a way that clearly identifies the intent of the parties to the contract, which can be an extremely complicated task that requires significant legal experience. Consequently, it is highly advisable for businesses that have even one employee to consult with an attorney immediately.
Call A West Palm Beach Business Litigation Lawyer Today To Schedule A Consultation
Disputes involving the terms or performance of an employment contract can take a significant toll on a business’s productivity and may have substantial financial implications. For this reason, it is important for any business involved in a contract dispute with an employee to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with one our West Palm Beach business litigation attorneys, call Pike & Lustig, LLP today at 561-291-8298.