Orders in queue after quitting

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Orders in queue after quitting

I recently quit doing work for propert preservation. I was a subcontractor. The way it works is that orders come into your queue with a due date. When I quit I completed all the orders I could do, as you cannot complete an order with a due date more than 7 days out. There were/are 15 orders still in the queue that could not be done. The company emailed the contractor that I was a sub for stating that they are looking for someone to transfer the orders to but if they don’t find someone they will issue a chargeback on the orders. The contractor emailed me stating that I should do them so that I am not charged that. Can the contractor charge me for the chargeback? I do not have a contract with the company, they do. And I was not able to do the orders when I quit.

Asked on November 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You had a contract: an oral or unwritten one, which was the agreement or understanding under which you agreed to and did work.
If someone breaches a contract--for example, quits before doing work they had agreed to take on--they could be sued for all foreseeable, or reasonably predictable, costs or losses resulting from their breach. So if you took on work then quit without doing it, and that results in the contractor incurring chargebacks or other costs, the contractor could potentially sue you to recover the money they lose.

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