By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Contract Attorney
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I introduced you to the factual background of an interesting case involving a breach of contract and tortious interference with economic benefits. Below I will explain some of the actions from the case as we continue.
Due to the lack of an agreement, plaintiff’s claim for breach of the implied warranty of good faith and fair dealing failed also to carry the day because no such warranty exists under New Jersey law in the absence of a contract. Even if there was a contract, the implied warranty of good faith and fair dealing is inapplicable to an “employment at will” relationship. Specifically, the Appellate Division noted:
Since Plaintiff was working without a contract as an at-will
employee, the argument that every contract imposes a duty
of good faith and fair dealing is irrelevant. One cannot read
terms into a non-existent contract. Defendant had an absolute
right to terminate plaintiff without cause.
Therefore, plaintiff claims for breach of the implied warranty of good faith and fair dealing and breach of contract failed because there was no enforceable contract between at will employees of an employer.
I’ll conclude this case in my next post.
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