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Employment contract disputes can become a business focus

Employment contracts can be written or implied. Regardless of which one the Ohio business chooses to use, it is imperative that the terms of the contract are fulfilled and that each employee is treated in an appropriate manner. If this is not the case, it is possible that employee contract disputes may become a primary focus of the business.

Recently, a former track coach at a major university filed suit that alleges discrimination based upon his ethnic background. This individual claims that he was treated differently and became the victim of assault by another member of the staff. Additionally he indicates that he was terminated for these reasons. This individual has now relocated and is a coach at the University of Toledo.

In response, Auburn University, his former employer, states that the individual's lawsuit is unfounded. According to Auburn representatives, the former coach's contract expired and simply was not renewed. Additionally, his alleged altercation with another member of the coaching staff is unrelated to racial concerns associated with his employment contract. As such, Auburn University suggests that the lawsuit should be dismissed.

Regardless of the outcome of this particular dispute, employment contract disputes can be a problem for Ohio businesses. Business owners and managers want to take care in the hiring process and in their day-to-day-dealings with employees. As long as the business does its part to follow the law, there should be no grounds for complaint. However, if the business does find itself at the center of such a dispute, experienced legal counsel can offer guidance in handling the situation and even take the matter to court if necessary.

Source: oanow.com, "Auburn: Former assistant track coach's lawsuit efforts are 'futile'", Kara Coleman, Dec. 20, 2017

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