If I have an email in which my employer agrees to a certain pay rate but he has since decided not to pay this amount, is the email considered to be a binding agreement?

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If I have an email in which my employer agrees to a certain pay rate but he has since decided not to pay this amount, is the email considered to be a binding agreement?

Do I have any course of action to get the agreed upon amount?

Asked on March 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, it would not be a binding agreement unless it was an actual written employment contract for a definite period of time (e.g. guarantying the wage for, say, a period of year). Otherwise, an employer may change employee wages or salary at will, so they could promise one amount one day, then decide to pay a lesser rate.


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