As a business owner, you often have to hire employees to do work on your behalf. This is almost inevitable for every business owner. Employees hired to work on your behalf are known, in the legal sense, as your agent, and as owner, you are their principal. This creates a special relationship between principal and agent whereby the agent is entrusted to carry on the business for the owner. It fosters efficiency on the part of the business, and courts are eager to protect the special relationship that emerges. As such, the principal is often protected against abuses by the agent in different circumstances. It is almost inevitable that when hiring agents/employees, you will come across some that work for multiples agents. Fret not, as certain protections are in place to ensure that these agents can be hired by multiple employers.
If you are aware that your agent works for multiple principals, you need to know that the agent owes you certain levels of candor. Your agent must deal in good faith with every single principal. So to speak, he cannot play favoritism with the individual principals that have hired him or her. Further, that agent must disclose to you, as well as all principals, that he or she is working for multiple parties. Finally, he or she must deal fairly with each principal. There is a certain level of candor, loyalty, and fairness that an agent owes to his or her employer/principal in any situation. However, in order to protect the principal, courts want to ensure agents are not taking advantage of their position of working for multiple employers.
Fear that you may have been taken advantage of by an agent that worked for multiple principals at the same time? Know your rights. The right legal team can help you determine if your rights have been violated by a former or current agent. Call the Trembly Law Firm at (305) 431-5678 today to schedule a consultation.