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Does a contract for a specific period of employment supersede SC's at-will employment laws?

Myrtle Beach, SC |

I had an employment contract for a full year in Myrtle Beach, SC. The contract stipulated a 90 probation period during which I could be terminated for any reason. Following that 90 probation period, there were specific types of conduct/non-performance listed that could reult in termination. I was terminated well after the 90 probation period with no cause given, and in fact three days after a meeting with management confirmed that I was performing more than satisfactorily.

I'm pretty sure I was fired for complaining to upper management that the on-site supervisors hired were rarely present or accessible. Under at-will law I understand I wouldn't have a leg to stand on, but doesn't my contract supersede at-will? Can I sue to be paid the remainder of the contract?

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Yes, a contract for employment governs over employment at will law. Your termination would have to be contractually or legally based in order to be lawful. Given that you have a contract and were performing beyond satisfactory levels, you should definitely consult an employment law attorney in your area.

Best of luck to you.

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