For Jane -
Can you help me with another problem? I notice that you have already answered it for someone else but the file is unavailable at mediafire. I am willing to pay extra for it.
The question is as follows:
Rebecca Businesswoman had been searching for a job since graduation. She interviewed with a large firm, and they made her an offer for employment starting at an annual salary of $50,000. Taking the job meant that Rebecca would have to move a considerable distance, leaving her friends and family behind. Before accepting, Rebecca asked for reassurances that the firm would keep her for at least two years, making it worth her while to move. During the phone call, the firm did tell her that she was highly qualified and they would love her in their employ for at least two years if not more! Rebecca, as diligent as she is, wrote the following letter:
Dear Big Firm:
Thank you for your time and interest in my professional pursuits. Although it will be hard leaving my friends and family and moving to a new city, I am looking forward to working with you. I have decided to accept your offer for $50,000.00 per year commencing on May 1, 2007. I understand per our conversation that my employment will at least be for a two-year period.
Although things went well for eight months at the new firm, Rebecca was terminated on January 1, 2008. Rebecca sued for wrongful termination and breach of employment contract. Big Firm has asserted the Statute of Frauds as a defense. Does Rebecca have a viable suit for breach of contract? Does the Statute of Frauds apply to any purported contract? Was there a contract created between Rebecca and Big Firm?
Prepare an interoffice memorandum to your supervising attorney that answers the following questions:
- 1. Does Rebecca have a viable suit for breach of contract? Why or why not?
- 2. Does the Statute of Frauds apply to any purported contract? If so, which one and why?
- 3. Was there a contract created between Rebecca and Big Firm? Why or why not?
Be sure to support your analysis with cites to applicable case law and other scholarly legal authority.