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What Happens to my Employment Contract if I Get Laid Off?

Well-written employment contracts typically contain provisions on when and how an employer can terminate a worker’s employment. In the event a worker’s employment is terminated, there are still some provisions of the worker’s employment contract that may still apply, such as a covenant not to compete – also known as a non-compete clause.

Employment contracts can sometimes be difficult to decipher and interpret. The Sarasota employment contract lawyers at Inverso Law Group can assist you with all of your employment contract disputes and needs. Please give us a call to learn more about how we can assist you with your employment contract needs, and if necessary, with the litigation process. 

Terminating an Employee Pursuant to the Terms of an Employment Contract

One of the provisions of an employment contract may state the circumstances under which an employee can be terminated. In many instances, either party is allowed to terminate an employment contract for any reason, other than on the basis of discrimination. In some instances, an employment contract may allow an employer to terminate an employee, in the event the employee acquires a permanent disability, and he or she is no longer able to perform the duties associated with his or her job.

Certain Terms of an Employment Contract May Still Apply after a Layoff

When an employer rightfully terminates someone’s employment, there are certain terms of the contract that may still apply – and to which the former employee may be bound – after the employment contract has ended. One such provision is a covenant not to compete – commonly known as a ‘non-compete’ clause. Under the terms of a contractual ‘non-compete’ clause, a worker may be prohibited from working for a competitor in the same geographical area as the former employer or from setting up a business that is similar to the former employer.

Although some contracts have covenants not to compete, these clauses cannot be overly general or broad. In other words, the contract cannot prohibit the former employee from working in the same industry altogether.

In addition, some employment contracts contain provisions that preclude employees from disclosing trade secrets and other confidential communications with others – including other businesses. Moreover, these clauses often extend to former employees who are terminated from their employment or who decide to leave the company.

When an employee violates one or more of these employment contract provisions – even after leaving his or her employment (or following a layoff) – it could lead to a lawsuit.

Contact an Experienced Sarasota Employment Contract Lawyer Today

Even after leaving your employment (or after a company layoff), there may still be one or more provisions of your employment contract that remain in effect. The experienced legal team at Inverso Law Group can assist you with interpreting your employment contract, and if a lawsuit is filed, with litigating your case. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Sarasota employment contract attorney, please call us at (941) 926-6039 or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help you handle your legal matter.