What are my options when my previous employer didn’t follow a written contract?

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What are my options when my previous employer didn’t follow a written contract?

I worked for a large company and was put on a PIP on 11/26/18 which stated weekly
meeting would occur to review my progress and the PIP would end on 2/12/19. Only
one meeting took place to review the PIP. On 2/12/19 no feedback or update was
given. Then on 3/1/19 I was let go. I am a single mom and these last few months
have been extremely stressful not knowing every day if I would have a job or not.
I would like to discuss my options. Thank you.

Asked on March 7, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

IF an actual contract were violated, you could sue for "breach of contract" to enforce its terms. 
However, a PIP is not a contract. For there to be a contract, there must be mutual--or from each side to the other side--"consideration," or a thing of value. Without consideration from each side to the other, there is no contract. Consideration must be something more than the other side is already getting or already entitled to. You did not give your employer anything for the PIP, other than your work, which you were already providing to them. Hence, there was no consideration and no enforceable contract.


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