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the company that I work for gave out a "market increase" or

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the company that I work for gave out a "market increase" or a raise as it is usually known by to all employees at the beginning of 2011. Those without a bachelor's degree received a lesser amount then those with a bachelor's degree. THe company told it's employees that once they received their degree, they would get the raise. This raise had nothing to do with performance, tenure, or job title. It only had to do with the degree. Since then, some employees have received their degree, and I am only two months from mine. The company says that we will not get that increase in pay and we will stay at the lower pay level. I've dedicated both time and money to get this degree under the impression that I would get the raise. Can they do that?
Did you have a signed contract with them?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

a contract? It's the university of phoenix. I don't think I filled one out. I completed a lot of paperwork when I was hired in 09.

Yes, a contract. Did you have a contract with them stating that they would give you an increase in salary if you got your degree?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
unfortunately not, it was verbal. Do verbal contracts count?
Verbal contracts count to a certain extent but it has to be an actual contract and not just a mere promise. In order for something to be a contract, there must be an offer, acceptance, and consideration. If you can prove that a contract was formed and that all three existed, then you could sue for breach of contract.

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