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Dismissal Compensation

Question:

I was hired to work  for someone on a contract type basis to edit a project- he agreed to pay me a monthly fee for the estimated six years that he thought the project would last. Without any notice, he cancelled the entire project, after I had been working for him for several months. By my calculation, he should owe me for almost a full month’s wage in pitzuyim, and I had been already working for him for several months, which should entitle me to 1/12 for each month I worked for him, which adds up to 1/3 of a month’s wages, + since he did not give me two weeks notice, and in minhag hamedinah these items are coming to me.Is my calculation correct?

Answer:

While you are correct that generally in these cases the minhag hamedina is the determinant factor, however being that any more specific answer I might give affects another party, whose perspective of the facts have not been heard, I can not give a more specific response.

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