I am a self contractor (as a Case Manager) and I have a contract with a behavioral community agency. They abruptly terminated our contract alleging that I am working for another agency which is not true and by the way, the contract does not have any specification regarding to that. I would like to know if they have legal rights to do this and terminate our contract and if I have any chance to sue them.
I don't believe that any attorney could accurately answer your question without reviewing the specifics of the agreement. Even if there is no language against working for another agency, the agreement may still permit either party to terminate the contract at any time for any or no reason.
Regardless, you always have a chance to sue. Whether you will win or otherwise be responsible for the other litigant's fees and costs will be up to the court.
Please note that, if you have a contract, then the contract and its terms govern your working relationship. If you are in business for yourself, then you are likely not an employee for most statutory purposes. Since a signed contract would govern your relationship, you would need to find an attorney to review the contract and determine if the termination of the contract was lawful. If you were paid 1099, but are in fact and were more like a full time employee, with expectations of exclusivity, then take that contract to an employment attorney and determine if you were properly categorized as a 1099 or should have been paid as an employee (with taxes deducted). If you should have been compensated and paid like an employee, simply calling you a "contractor" will likely not cure the legal issue. This question does not provide enough information for an attorney to make a determination as to whether you have legal recourse. While we can provide legal information, tailored legal advice or a true consultation (which is what it sounds like you need), should happen in confidence with an attorney who can give you more than just general information. Sorry I can't be more helpful and best of luck to you.
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Your legal rights are going to be governed by the terms of the contract itself. You need to take it to an attorney and have them review it before you know for sure whether suing them would be a good idea or not.
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As the other attorneys stated, if you have a contract you need to have it looked at by an attorney to determine what, if anything, you can do. Likewise, an attorney may also be able to advise you of any claims you may have regardless of the agreement ... i.e. misclassified as a contractor.
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