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Can employee sue over alleged ‘promised’ pay?

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Q. We have an employee who insists that he was told when he was offered the job that he would earn at least as much as he earned in his last job. There is nothing in writing. Can he sue us? — A.D., Florida

A. Although anyone can sue, his lawsuit, if based on these facts, should not have legal merit. Presumably, the employee was hired and has now found out to his dismay that he won’t be paid what he thought when he discussed his employment with the company. It is possible the employee could sue for breach of an oral contract. However, the employee is employed at will and he can quit or be terminated if he does not want to work for the amount paid by the employer.

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