How to enforce a promise for increase in salary?

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How to enforce a promise for increase in salary?

What are my options if my employer promised to increase my salary after I refused a job offer; they promised to increase my salary in order to keep me there instead of taking the new job offer. I have it in writing.

Asked on March 7, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to speak with an employment attorney in your area.  You need to determine if the writing that you have which was a very smart move on your part) will stand up in court as an employment contract or at least a modification to your existing status of employment.  If you have no prior contract it may be a difficult endeavor as generally most employees are employees at will and subject to being fired and allowed to leave as each party so chooses and for about any reason.  If you relied on the promise to your detriment  - i.e., if you declined anther position - then you may have a stronger case.  Good luck. 


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