Brief Fact Summary. This case involves a breach of employment contract where the employer could not find a suitable replacement for the breaching employee.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The value of an employee’s services may be an appropriate measure of damages resulting from breach of an employment contract, so long as these damages can accurately be proved.
Issue. Is the value of an employee’s services an appropriate measure of damages in a breach of employment contract case?
Held. Yes. Judgment regarding amount of damages awarded was reversed.
Where a plaintiff proves a breach of contract he is entitled to damages. However, when he offers vague proof or no proof of actual damages, he is entitled only to nominal damages.
In the instant case, there was proof of accurate damages with regard to the value of the Defendant’s services.
Discussion. The court reasoned that the Plaintiff did prove actual damages by proving the amount in salary the Defendant received each week. Moreover, the Defendant did not disprove that this was not an accurate measure of his fair value, as was his bu