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Can you legally break an employment contract?

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2019 | Contracts, Firm News

Whether you are an employer or employee, when you sign an employment contract, you make a legal agreement. Breaking such a contract is difficult regardless of whether you live in Detroit or Chicago or anywhere else. Contract laws are fairly specific and strong. However, there are some certain circumstances that could allow you to legally get out of an employment contract.

Career Trend explains that one of the easiest ways to end an employment contract is to prove the other person broke it first. Breaching a contract means not honoring the terms of the contract. If you can prove the other party violated it in some way, you should be able to get out of the contract.

Certain elements of a contract that make it legal may also allow you to break it. For example, if you can show changes were made to it that you did not agree to, then this is grounds to terminate it. If there was any fraudulent tactics or other related issues with the contract, it may also be invalid.

Beyond that, you may be able to get out of your contract if you can show it is impossible to fulfill. Basically, you will be unable to honor the contract due to something beyond your control.

In some cases, a contract contains a clause that will allow you to break it. Usually, this involves meeting other conditions. You should always read your contract carefully to understand such a clause. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.