If I signed a contract with my employer that requires me to work 40 hours/week for x compensation per month, is the contract still valid IF they cut my hours to 25 hours/week?

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If I signed a contract with my employer that requires me to work 40 hours/week for x compensation per month, is the contract still valid IF they cut my hours to 25 hours/week?

Asked on June 10, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, North Carolina

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

First off the terms of the contract will govern the contract but some times contracts are not properly written from the beginning. They can be then set aside.  But sometimes one of the parties "breaches" the terms of the contract by not living up to it. That sounds like the case here. What you can then do is go to court and ask that the contract be set aside for the breach, which is a good idea if the employer is trying to have you continue to work even though the terms have changed. Otherwise you can mutually end the contractual obligations but do so in writing.  Good luck.


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