After Sinclair Broadcast Group became the target of widespread criticism for having anchors question the integrity of other media outlets live on air, the real reason why these journalists went ahead with the statements has come to light. While some may argue that the employees should have left the Sinclair Broadcast Group rather than indulge such petty requests, it appears that employment contracts impose penalties far too harsh for the journalists to consider. Some of the terms which are said to have been read in leaked employment contracts include:
- An obligation to repay up to 40% of annual compensation to the company upon resigning before the end of a contract
- A six-month non-compete clause
- Forced arbitration
According to both current and former Sinclair Broadcast Group employees, it is the financial penalties which act as the strongest deterrent to those who would otherwise be tempted to put their personal morals and ethics first. Although non-compete clauses are common in the media industry amongst those who appear to live on TV as, for example, replacing a quitting news anchor could be incredibly costly, it is unusual for those who will never appear onscreen to be subjected to such harsh terms. The question is, are the clauses fair?
Do You Need a Pasadena Employment Law Attorney?
When you sign a contract, and begin work with a new employer, you become entitled to certain basic rights, as well as the obvious obligations to go to work and complete your role to a high standard. If you feel that your rights are not being respected at work, perhaps in the form of a contract which makes it near-impossible for you to leave a job which is making you mentally or physically unwell, you may benefit from the legal expertise of a Pasadena employment law attorney.
Employment law covers a wide range of scenarios and, with a legal team experienced across the board, Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers’s Pasadena employment law attorneys are qualified to help you no matter what problems you are facing. For example, we regularly represent clients filing lawsuits relating to:
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination on the grounds of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sexuality, and more
- Violations of the Family Medical Leave Act
When you lose your peace of mind due to the behaviors mentioned above, or any others which interfere with your ability to work safely and securely, it is difficult to be productive and perform as you should. You do not need to simply accept this treatment – instead, contact an expert Pasadena employment law attorney to find out how they could act on your behalf.
Protect Your Rights with a Pasadena Employment Law Attorney
Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers’s employment law attorneys are amongst the best in California. When you are facing a problem at work, our team of legal professionals could be the answer. Let us handle the legal side, while you concentrate on recovering from your experience and moving on with your life. For a free initial consultation, call us today on 310-527-6994.