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Old 09-14-2019, 10:26 AM   #21  
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It's not as simple as that. Although this original poster wants to bust his contract merely because he has a "pretty good opportunity to go elsewhere," what about a situation where the employer breached the contract by blatantly and intentionally misrepresenting compensation, schedule, QOL, opportunity for advancement, etc? Do you think the pilot is still morally precluded from seeking a way out?
See Flexjet case above. You gotta weigh the benefits versus the costs.

That guy had the option of finishing out his contract (another 6 mo IIRC), paying back $5280, giving 45 days notice and paying back roughly $2400 (half the pro rata amount he would then owe), or taking his employer to court over the $5280 because he believed his employer blatantly misrepresented the contract.

He opted for the latter and the jury agreed with him, allowing him to avoid paying the $5280 at the cost TO HIM of $70k in legal bills. That may have been a legal victory but from where Iím sitting it looks a lot like a loss.

So no, the pilot certainly is not precluded from seeking a way out, but doing so is not without risks of its own, monetary risks certainly, but also career risks.

Far better to do your own due diligence concerning the employer before you sign an abusive contract, realize it is an abusive contract, and donít sign it at all.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:24 PM   #22  
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See Flexjet case above. You gotta weigh the benefits versus the costs.

That guy had the option of finishing out his contract (another 6 mo IIRC), paying back $5280, giving 45 days notice and paying back roughly $2400 (half the pro rata amount he would then owe), or taking his employer to court over the $5280 because he believed his employer blatantly misrepresented the contract.

He opted for the latter and the jury agreed with him, allowing him to avoid paying the $5280 at the cost TO HIM of $70k in legal bills. That may have been a legal victory but from where Iím sitting it looks a lot like a loss.

So no, the pilot certainly is not precluded from seeking a way out, but doing so is not without risks of its own, monetary risks certainly, but also career risks.

Far better to do your own due diligence concerning the employer before you sign an abusive contract, realize it is an abusive contract, and donít sign it at all.
You got it the wrong way round. He did not have to take the employer to court. The employer had to take him to court to collect the money.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:02 PM   #23  
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You got it the wrong way round. He did not have to take the employer to court. The employer had to take him to court to collect the money.
From the pilotís perspective, he avoided paying $5200 at a cost of $70,000. I would not consider that a win personally.
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:51 PM   #24  
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From the pilotís perspective, he avoided paying $5200 at a cost of $70,000. I would not consider that a win personally.
It was a pretty hollow victory.

But FlexJet sued first. He countersued. Which IMO was a mistake and cost him a lot.
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