What are my rights regarding a discrepancy in the length on my employment contract?

I am employed by an IT contracting company. During the initial hiring interviews, we discussed a year long contract with the possibility of an extension. I got hired but started noticing discrepancies of dates that were being discussed. I asked my manager how long my contract was for, he said 3 months and that was the standard contract length for this particular company. I have a job offer in writing stating it would be a 1 year contract and the contract I signed says nothing about duration. Should I pursue a case for lost wages?

Asked on December 9, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The problem is, once you sign a contract, the contract you signed supercedes any prior negotiations, discussions, or offers. If you signed a contract without any duration in it, then the contract has no set duration and the length of your employment is at the will of the employer. You can't claim to have not understood that, because the law presumes that people read, understand, and agree to anything they sign, so you are employed under a contract with no set duration.


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