Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX the additional information.
I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, there is no legal obligation to renew your contract. Your employer would not even need a reason to not renew, absent a provision to the contrary in the contract. The letter is not really relevant.
However, if you are being discriminated against due to age, race, gender, religion, national origin, etc. you may have a claim against the employer.
If you believe that the reason given is a pretext for an illegal reason, you can file a claim with the EEOC
at www.eeoc.com. They will investigate on your behalf at no cost to you and, if they find a cause for a civil rights violation you will get a right to sue letter which will make your case very attractive to a private attorney.
There may also be a claim for defamation if the letter was published or disclosed to others. This cause of action is specifically for damage caused to one's reputation. To establish a prima facie case of defamation, four elements are generally required:
1. a false statement purporting to be fact concerning another person or entity;
2. publication or communication of that statement to a third person;
3. fault on the part of the person making the statement amounting to intent or at least negligence; and,
4. some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.
This involves complex litigation and it is strongly advised that you retain local counsel to assist you in protecting your rights before taking any action in this matter.
If you need assistance in finding an attorney, contact your state or local bar association. You can also try Martindale Hubble. Many attorneys themselves use this site to locate attorneys outside their jurisdiction or expertise:
It is a huge worldwide database of attorneys searchable by location and specialty.
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