In the context of an employment relationship, contracts can have significant impact on both the employee’s and employer’s current and future course of action. Employment contracts can provide peace of mind to both parties as certain terms and conditions of the employment relationship are defined. They may address matters such as compensation and benefits, retirement, stocks, termination notice, and severance terms. Employment contracts can further address matters of confidentiality and even actions extending beyond the employment relationship. For example, to retain trusted and expert employees, employers are increasingly imposing restrictive covenants such as non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure clauses. While employment contracts are established to protect companies, the law also requires that employees’ rights must be protected as well, including their rights to earn a living.
Certain types of these employment contractual clauses or restrictive covenants attempt to specify who an employee can subsequently work for if the initial employment relationship is ended. Additionally, employers use these types of employment contracts to safeguard trade secrets or other proprietary information that an employee may become privy to throughout the employment relationship. Confidentiality agreements and non-compete agreements can prevent employees from performing certain work or revealing certain methods or details after the employment relationship has ended.
It can be alarming to have allegations asserted against you – whether formally or informally – that you have breached an employment contract and are facing severe penalties. When any such allegations of an employment contract breach are made, it is important for the employee to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced employment law attorney. Similarly, if threats of forthcoming consequences are made should you take certain action, it is crucial that you receive sound legal advice as to your rights and responsibilities under the law. Because the law views these types of employment contracts through a unique lens, a skilled employment law attorney can evaluate the employee’s actions or plans for action and provide legal advice on how to comply with any applicable restrictive covenant.
The employment attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. are skilled in interpreting employment contracts and assessing their legal enforceability. Whether you are contemplating future action or have been charged by your employer for breaching an applicable employment contract, the attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. can provide knowledgeable answers and sound guidance.
The experienced Charlottesville employment contract attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. can help you with all legal matters involving employment contracts, breaches of employment contracts, issues involving confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements, and covenants not to compete or non-solicitation agreements. Our attorneys have great experience resolving such matters through negotiations and productive communications with all affected parties. And in those cases where such cooperation is impossible, the skilled employment litigation attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. welcome the opportunity to proceed with your case to trial and protect your rights in the courtroom.
Whether you are facing current allegations or are concerned of potential allegations in the future, the Virginia employment contract attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. can help. Contact MartinWren, P.C. at (434) 817-3100 to learn more about our contract attorneys and how they can assist you in your contract dispute matter.