By Alexander Barthet

You’re upset with how you’re being treated on the job. Payments due are being disputed, unreasonably you believe. The schedule is out of wack and there’s no sign of it getting any better any time soon.  And changes continue to be requested.

You think enough is enough and plan to just stop working until things are resolved to your satisfaction. But hold on – while this may give you some emotional satisfaction, it may not be the best idea.

Ceasing work comes with very significant risks, and you could quickly find yourself on the other side of a lawsuit for big damages.

Before you pull the plug, look at your actual contract. It likely makes very clear what you can and cannot do regarding termination. For sure, written notice and some opportunity to cure maybe part of what you agreed to when you entered into the contract. Next, figure out how much you’ve been paid and how much work you’ve actually done – does one exceed the other?

Finally, have you thought of setting up a face to face meeting with the person who hired you? There may be a compromise position which makes more economic sense.

It’s easy to walk off a job; it’s a lot harder to deal with the aftermath.

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