What could happen if I breach an employment contract?

Asked over 2 years ago - Lowell, MA

My contract says I have to give four weeks notice before leaving, but I've been offered a great job I have to start in one week. Can my previous employer do anything to me?


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  1. Gary S. Sinclair

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It depends on your contract, but the least your present employer could do is give you a bad reference or no reference. I would advise that you have a heart to heart talk with your boss and see if you can leave on good terms.

    Gary S. Sinclair is an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts. All answers are based on Massachusetts law... more
  2. Lauren Craig Redmond

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . At minimum you would be liable for breach of contract.

    Attorney Lauren Craig Redmond ~ 617.953.6116 ~ No attorney/client relationship is established or implied by any... more
  3. Erik Hammarlund

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . Contracts are entirely fact-specific. As a result, there is rarely a general answer to any contract question.

    Here, for example, some of the possible responses include "the contract is unenforceable, so you can leave if you want," to "you'll be in breach, but it's unlikely you'll be sued," to "you will be liable for significant damages if you leave without proper notice."

    You need to take your contract to an employment attorney ASAP.

    Do you want accurate, personalized, legal advice that you can rely on? You will have to hire an attorney, not ask... more
  4. Darrel S Jackson


    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . An employment lawyer would need to analyze the contract that you siged to give you a careful evaluation. However, I can share that MA is an "at will" employment state, which means that both the employer and employee are free to end the employment relationship at any time. Good luck.

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