Fresno Employment Contract Lawyer
Employment contracts provide certain protections for workers, who would otherwise be “at will” and subject to termination at the whim of their employer. However, employment contracts can also narrow an employee’s rights. Men and women should carefully review any contractual language before signing on the dotted line.
At Scott Wagner and Associates, P.A., our Fresno employment contract lawyer has negotiated employment contracts for countless clients. We understand that these agreements are often slanted in favor of employers, but we can use our skills to get a fairer agreement for you. Contact us today.
Employment contracts can span from a couple pages to gigantic, brick-like agreements with many different provisions. We have seen all types of clauses included in an employment contract, but non-compete agreements are some of the most important.
This type of agreement limits a workers’ ability to accept employment offers from competitors after they leave the company. Typically, the agreement restricts your ability to work for a certain amount of time and in certain geographical areas.
California law seriously disfavors non-compete agreements and makes them unenforceable in most situations. Nevertheless, employers often try to include them in a contract. You can be sure the agreement as drafted favors the employer.
Our Fresno employment contract lawyers can review the noncompete agreement and determine if it is valid. We can also try to restrict its scope by negotiating something more favorable.
Many employers also try to restrict the kinds of information an employee can disclose to other parties. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is the favored vehicle for muzzling an employee.
Employers have a legitimate interest in keeping employees from disclosing or using trade secrets, client lists, and other business information. This information has real value to a company, which they do not want to lose. However, employers often try to prevent employees from disclosing harassment, discrimination, and criminal conduct.
California limits the types of information that an NDA can address. Our lawyers will carefully review the draft presented to you to ensure that your free speech is not being stifled unfairly.
Breach of Contract Cases
An employment contract is a binding agreement, and employees rely on them. When an employer breaches (breaks) the agreement, many workers are disadvantaged. They can lose their jobs, benefits, and salary. Other employees are demoted or transferred in violation of the employment contract but have no clear way of fighting the decision.
Our Fresno employment lawyers have successfully sued for breach of contract on behalf of employees. Our lawyers have obtained multiple remedies for clients, including:
- Job reinstatement
- Back pay
- Lost benefits
- Consequential damages
In some cases, employers create binding obligations outside of a formal contract. For example, promises in an engagement letter or employee handbook can also create employee rights, which an employer must respect.
Contact a Fresno Employment Contracts Lawyer
Negotiating a favorable contract is critical for employees, who have few legal protections otherwise. Hire an experienced lawyer from Scott Wagner and Associates, P.A. to represent you at the negotiation table.