What Texas Employment Law Has to Say about Breach of Employment Contracts
North Dallas Employment Attorney Explains Breach of Employment Contract Claims
A breach of employment contract happens when either of the parties, employee or employer, breaks any provision of an employment contract. As Texas is an at-will employment state, the first important issue is whether an employment contract existed. Then, if so, you must determine whether the contract was explicit or implicit. A contract for employment in Texas may be explicit if it is in writing and signed by all parties. It is also possible to have an implied employment contract as the result of a verbal agreement.
North Dallas employment attorney Dan A. Atkerson has more than 32 years of Texas employment law experience working on behalf of both North Texas employers and employees in and around Dallas. This includes those in Allen, McKinney, Plano, Frisco and Richardson. During a free, no obligation case review, our experienced employment lawyer can discuss your possible breach of employment contract. Then, he can explain how his firm may be able to help you.
Does a Texas Employment Contract Have to be in Writing? Explaining Implied vs Written Agreements
The short answer is no. But, first, it is important to note that Dallas employees and employers alike have the right to file a breach of contract lawsuit in the event of a breach of employment contract. According to federal and Texas employment laws, written employment contracts are legally binding and enforceable in Texas courts. Emails, faxes, company bulletin postings, offer letters and employee handbooks all have the potential to constitute written agreements by the court.
However, Texas employment contracts created inadvertently through means other than traditional written forms cause confusion. These are the situations more likely to lead to a breach of contract lawsuit. Generally referred to as “implied,” these employment agreements are mutually understood rather than expressly written down.
What Does a Texas Employment Contract Contain?
Under Dallas employment law, an employer and employee have the option to enter into a contract to define the parameters of their business relationship. Some of the details commonly outlined in an employment contract include:
- Rate of pay
- Work schedule
- Responsibilities and daily tasks
- Work location
- Term of employment
- Benefits, including retirement plans and options
- Sick and/or vacation time
- Circumstances constituting termination
Failures to fulfill the above terms included in an employment contract without lawful reasons by a Dallas employer or employee may result in a breach of employment contract.
Do I Have a Claim for Breach of Employment Contract?
Let us help you find out if you have a claim. If you or your employer are in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano or Richardson, you are close to our office. We offer a free consultation, which can be done by phone if you prefer. If you suspect a breach of employment contract and you suffered financial loss as a result, then we can discuss your options. You can call us at (214) 383-3606 or fill out the form on the site. It costs you nothing to have our North Dallas employment attorney review your documentation. Put our experience to work for you.