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Did you have an employment contract with the university (An Agreement signed by both the university and you and which set forth a description of the position you were being hired for, your responsibilities, the length of your employment, salary, benefits, etc.) ?
Yes. This was to be my second year. Contracts are one year ending end of July. I had begun the new contract year. No penalties for breaking contract are specified. TN is an at will state. I was in good standing And dept chair. I am fearful because for 5 wks I am without life and medical insurance...the salary worry is in addition. Do the have legal right to not honor the 30 days?
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I am sorry that you were treated so poorly and the university did not show any professionalism in their conduct. Having a written employment contract does not help the employee in these situations if the employment status is "At Will", despite the written agreement regarding all the other aspects of the position. This type of employment relationship gives the employee the right to leave without any liability to the employer, but it also gives the employer the right to terminate the employee and all salary and wages at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all and that is what your former employer did. In essence, it appears that he was retaliating because you were leaving, but in an "At Will" employment relationship, this is permitted without the employer having any liability for his actions to the employee.
I agree that it was not right, that the conduct was totally unbecoming to a university, and it was not fair that they did not give you the same courtesy which you gave them, but unfortunately, the law allows this. f the written Employment Agreement had provided for a 30-Day notice, they would not have been able to do what they did with impunity, and they would be liable to you for damages. But, that is not the case here,
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