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Employment Contract Disputes in Wisconsin

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Many positions involve contracts. Sometimes, a contract is part of a standard employee-employer relationship and other times, the contract is what an independent contractor and his or her client use to spell out the details of the job to be completed, such as its time frame, the contractor’s compensation, the exactly what the job entails. In both of these scenarios, the contract exists to protect both parties’ rights.

An example of a contract dispute is a requirement that the employee join a union in order to keep the job. Wisconsin is a right-to-work state, which means that employees cannot be forced to pay union dues or otherwise become involved with labor unions if they choose not to. If you are accused of breaching the terms of your contract or if you feel the terms of your contract are illegal or unethical, work with an experienced employment lawyer to determine the right way to proceed with your case.

Types of Contract Disputes

There are four types of contract breach. They are as follows:

  • Anticipatory breaches: these occur when one of the involved parties announces to the other ahead of the contract’s end date that he or she will not fulfill the terms of the contract by that time;
  • Actual breaches: actual breaches are scenarios where one of the parties involved either refuses to complete his or her requirements or does so below the expected standard of quality for the job;
  • Material breaches: when the contracted party completes their job but produces an end result that is dramatically different from what the other party wanted, the breach may be considered to be a material breach; and
  • Minor breaches: if the contracted party completed the job, but either did do outside the parameters specified in the contract or otherwise failed to perform all that was required in the contract, the breach is considered to be a minor breach.

An anticipatory or actual breach can be either material or minor as well.

If You Have a Contract Dispute

If you are involved in a breach of contract dispute, you can resolve the case and potentially recover damages for your financial investment in the project, such as the work you did perform and your time and labor.

The damages a non-breaching party may recover for his or her contract dispute depend on the type of breach that occurred. This is determined after the non-breaching party serves the breaching party with a Notice of Breach, offers a “cure,” and works out the issue. Many employment contracts specify that breaches are to be settled through arbitration.

Work with an Appleton Employment Contract Dispute Lawyer

As a working American, you have certain rights in the workplace. If you feel your rights have been violated or that you are facing an employment contract dispute in Wisconsin, it is important that you retain an experienced Appleton business litigation attorney to represent your rights during the dispute resolution process, whether that process is litigation, mediation, or arbitration. To get started on your case with a member of our team, contact Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.

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