Has my former company violated the law?

I was working for a company that was charging one of our clients for services they were not getting. They had a contract that said we would do a service for them 5 days a week but we were only going 4. Is that something that is a breach of their contract or breaking the law? My former company was also charging the same customer a dedicated trucking service but was doing business for other companies using the same dedicated truck. When I found this out and brought it up I was told not to say anything about it or it could cost me my job. Nothing ever changed so I quit. I want to know if they did something illegal so I can bring it to light. I could just walk away but I don’t believe it is right for them to get away with it if it is not legal.

Asked on December 17, 2017 under Business Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is not "illegal" in the sense of being against a law, since there are no laws saying how many days a service like this should be provided, or that a truck has to be dedicated. It is a breach of the contract, however, between the two companies, if your former company is not giving the client/customer what they agreed to and what the client/customer paid for. The client/customer could sue your former employer for "breach of contract": for not honoring their agreement.


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