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Sacramento Employment Contract Lawyer

An employment contract is the foundation of any work relationship. Without a proper employment contract, employees are rarely sure of their rights and responsibilities. Even worse, workers lose out on critical protections and must rely on general employment laws which are rarely adequate.

Employment contracts have many moving parts, and it is easy for employees to become overwhelmed reviewing the contract and negotiating better terms. When the work relationship ends, many employees are unaware whether they have rights under their contracts or another implied agreement for things like severance or job assistance.

Our Sacramento employment contract lawyer has deep experience in employment law, including the law of contracts. Contact us today to review your agreement.

Before Starting a Job

Our firm has helped many employees negotiate favorable employment contracts that provide a measure of protection. You can be sure that an employer also has a battery of lawyers representing their interests, so you will be at a disadvantage if you try to negotiate on your own.

No two employment contracts are alike, but there are some common provisions that are critical to review closely:

Noncompete agreements. A noncompete clause limits an employee’s ability to work for competitors after leaving employment. These agreements usually last for a certain amount of time and only apply to certain industries or geographical areas. Many employers try to include aggressive noncompete agreements that would prohibit a worker from finding other employment for years. California law generally prohibits noncompetition agreements, but employers still slip them into many employment contracts.

Nondisclosure agreements. Also called an “NDA,” this is an agreement not to reveal important information about your employer to other people, including the news media. Employers like to use NDAs to protect trade and business secrets from being disclosed to competitors. However, they also try to use NDAs to stifle any discussion of workplace culture, including harassment and criminal conduct. California has begun limiting what information an employer can make subject to a nondisclosure agreement, and you should never agree to being silenced unnecessarily.

Let us review the agreement before you sign on the dotted line. We might be able to get more favorable terms on your behalf.

When an Employer Breaks the Contract

Employment contracts are binding, and an employer must follow their terms. Unfortunately, some employers ignore their employment contracts when it comes to a variety of issues:

  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Promotion or demotion
  • Discipline
  • Termination

For example, most employment contracts spell out that you can be terminated before the contract expires only “for cause” or for certain specified reasons. Any improper termination should result in a lawsuit to protect your rights.

Interestingly, an employer might also create obligations outside the contract, such as in an employee manual or handbook. Carefully examining all employer communications is vital to protecting a worker because implied promises can have the force of law.

Speak with a Sacramento Employment Contracts Attorney

Instead of entering a new job blind, men and women should carefully review all proposed employment contracts to make sure they work for them. At Scott Wagner and Associates, we can advise you on the best way to handle an employment contract issue. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation.

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