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Cutting it Short: New York Employers Bear Burden of Showing Just Cause for Terminating an Employment Contract Early

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    Elsemore v. Lake Placid Group, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90449 (N.D.N.Y. 2007). (0 other reports)

Author: Jennifer Pirozzi

In Elsemore v. Lake Placid Group, +2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90449 (N.D.N.Y.), the US District Court for the Northern District of New York considered whether an employer had just cause to prematurely terminate an employment contract with a defined period of employment.

Typically, employment contracts for a definite period of time include language that specifies the grounds for proper performance of the contract or, alternatively, grounds for termination of the contract. In some cases, an employment contract might include language indicating that a contract may only be terminated for just cause prior to full performance. In New York State, absent specific language to the contrary, employment contracts may be legally terminated prior to expiration only for just cause.