unfair for for my employer to end my employment and expect me to be committed to future employment

Can one organization/employer commit you to working for another party that is not involved in the contract?
Can you have a contract that commits an individual to work in the future but with no commitment of there being work available?

My situation in brief:
I have signed a one year contract which terminates the end of June, 2005. My employer has informed me that at that time, I will qualify for unemployment and can opt for COBRA. The contract also commits me to working for a third party for 2 years in the future, but with no guarantee that this third party will have employment for me. I think it is unfair for for my employer to end my employment and expect me to be committed to future employment.

1 answer  |  asked Feb 6, 2005 7:46 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

Answers (1)

David M. Lira
Employment Contracts

Whether an employment contract carries any lasting consequences for the employee depends, primarily, on the wording of the contract, and, to a lesser degree, the circumstances of the parties, the job and the formation of the contract. An attorney cannot give any kind of opinion concerning an employment contract without seeing the contract, and gathering other background information.

In the U.S., a person generally cannot be forced to work for anyone because of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ban slavery. However, that does not mean that there may not be other consequences in refusing to accent a job.

posted by David M. Lira  |  Feb 7, 2005 08:45 AM [EST]

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