Are there any legal reasons why a person could break a moving agreement early? I.e. – territory changes or product changes?

UPDATED: Jun 9, 2009

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Are there any legal reasons why a person could break a moving agreement early? I.e. – territory changes or product changes?

Asked on June 9, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

There's not enough detail in your question to really answer it--by a "moving agreement" do you mean one in which you agreed to be relocated by your company? Or one in which you are not physically moving, but are being asked to represent a different product line or territory?

The *very* general answer is that contract is mutual. If you have a written agreement, you and the other party (your employer, I assume) both have to honor it. And if you have a written agreement, the other side cannot simply change it at will by changing territory or product--unless, of course, the agreement specifically gives them the right to make certain changes.

Best thing to do is to look at your agreement and see exactly what it says. If there is a violation, then depending on the nature of the violation, how you've been damaged (i.e. have you spent your own money or lost wages?), and what you want, you should be able to get out of the agreement and/or recover monetary damages.

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