Verbal Employment Agreement

My stepfather had a verbal agreement with a friend to work for him at the local County Fair in Massachusetts for 3 weeks (9am-8pm, 7 days a week). The man agreed to pay my stepfather $1000/wk, and there are witnesses that can attest to this. The fair went very well and was the busiest year the man had ever had (even bragging to my stepfather that he had made over $5000 a day). On the last day of the Fair, the man handed him $500 for all 3 weeks of work. When my stepfather confronted him about the lack of complete payment, the man simply said, "I don't know what to tell you but that's all I can give you." So my question is, are there any laws that protect a verbal employment agreement?

1 answer  |  asked Oct 3, 2006 7:12 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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George Allen
Verbal Contract

For most purposes, a verbal agreement is just as valid and binding as a written agreement. The issue is just proving what the terms were.

posted by George Allen  |  Oct 4, 2006 10:58 AM [EST]

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