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Did your boss ever promise you a raise, but then fail to follow through on it? If so, you will want to find out whether that promise was enforceable.
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, your employer's promise may actually be an enforceable term of your employment contract.
Was the Promise in Writing?
Employment contracts take many different forms, but are most commonly enforced as written or verbal agreements.
In general, anything in writing that describes any terms, benefits or conditions of employment can be enforced. If the promise was stated in your employment contract, it will likely be enforceable. If it's a letter, or even a note, the question will turn to whether you were financially injured by relying on the promise of a raise.
Even in a casual conversation, it's possible that your employer's promises about a raise could be contractually enforced. Even generally unenforceable oral contracts can be enforced when a person complies with the terms and detrimentally relies on that promise.
Where Else Can You Look for Support?
In addition to looking at promises or the employment contract itself, there are a number of other sources you can examine to determine whether the dangling of the carrot raise is enforceable.
For example, employees could find extra guidance by looking at:
For extra help, you may want to "raise" your concerns with an experienced employment attorney near you.