Is a resignation letter a separate contract from an employment at will contract?

Asked over 1 year ago - New York, NY

if i want to sue for breach of a resignation letter contract lets say, this is its own contract and not part of the at will employment contract right?

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  1. Daniel DeMaria


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    Answered . The first issue is whether the resignation letter is in fact a contract. In order for it to be a contract, there has to be an "offer" an "acceptance" by "competent persons" who exchange "consideration" to create mutual obligations. If it is in fact a contract, then it would be enforceable separate and apart from at will employment.

    In my experience resignation letters are not actual contracts. It is common though for a contract to be entered into at the end of a job, and it is more commonly referred to as a waiver. The employee waives any right to sue the employer, and the employer agrees to pay the employee a certain amount, and/or to extend benefits for a certain period. Waivers can have various other components too.

    I suggest that you re-post another question with more detail describing the "Resignation letter" so that we can better advise you. Alternatively, you can attorney an attorney. I offer free consultations as do many of my colleagues. Good luck.

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  2. Marco Caviglia

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    Answered . A resignation is a nice way of sayng "I quit" and is not a contract unless your leaving was part of a bargain put in writing. There is not "at will" contract. It is an oxymoron.

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  3. Frank A. Natoli


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    Answered . I agree with my colleague. I think you should elaborate on the facts here so we have more info to go on.

    When you say the party breached, what do you mean? In what way? Is this some kind of non-compete or non-solicitation issue?

    You may want ot reach out to a lawyer in private to discuss in more detail as well. Most of us here, including myself, offer a free phone consult.

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  4. M. Todd Miller

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    Answered . Not in my opinion. A contract is a meeting of the minds and a resignation letter is merely a statement.

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