As a teacher / coach in MS. We have one contract for teaching and one for coaching. My question is, if your school district does not offer you a coaching opportunity for the spring semester, can they prohibit you from working for another school as a coach

I understand the ‘sportsmanship’ issues, etc. but at the same time, If they do not offer you an opportunity to coach and earn money, I cant see how they can possibly keep you from being compensated for your services after school somewhere else..

Asked on August 22, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Mississippi


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Leaving aside the issue of contract for the moment, an employer has the right to tell employees they may not have vertain outside jobs or, indeed, any outside jobs. That flows from the doctrine of "employment at will," which is the law of the land except and only to the extent limited by contract; among other things, this means that an employer may set any terms or conditions on employment, including no outside employment or limitations on outside employment, that it wishes.
If you do have a contract, review it. If it only allows you to be disciplined or terminated for certain reasons and coaching elsewhere is not one of them, they can't take action against you for doing that; but if there is any room under the conteact to take action against you, they may.

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