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I have an employment agreement which stipulates 30 days

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I have an employment agreement which stipulates 30 days notice for resignation. I have been paid $0 for the full year 2015 and have no salary for 2016. I was paid a lump sum of deferred bonus money relating to work prior to 2015. Compensation clause in the agreement says "discretionary". Do I need to honor the 30 day notice?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.

A good argument could be made that this contract is not binding, and voidable by you, at all for two reasons 1) it's illusory - in other words the terms of the employer's duty to pay for labor is so indefinite that it's obligated itself to essentially nothing, and 2) it's against state and federal wage laws, which dictate that employees at least be paid minimum wage or a salary of $455 per week. To have a contract that states we'll pay you if we feel like it is obviously in violation of that. Obviously I cannot guarantee you that a court would rule in your favor, but there is a good chance that they would. If it were me and I wanted out of this contract early, I'd declare the contract void on these basis and quit immediately without notice.

Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.

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