Some employees enter into employment relationships by signing employment contracts, although the number of employees in general who have such contracts is relatively small. Company executives, highly paid employees, and highly skilled employees are examples of those who may receive written employment agreements. These contracts contain the terms of employment, including salaries, the length of the employment contract, provisions regarding early termination, and so forth.
An employee who has a written contract with his or her employer must first prove the existence of the contract. Once the employee has proven this, then the employee must prove that the employer has breached the agreement. Whether an employer has breached a contract depends on the terms of the agreement itself. In some instances, a contract may restrict an employer from terminating an employee except for certain reasons or by following certain procedures. The employee must prove that the employer breached the agreement in order to recover.