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RUNNING HEAD: TURNIP PLAZA REPORT1Turnip Plaza ReportMBA630 9042 Winter 2021Stacey E. MannUniversity of Maryland Global Campus
RUNNING HEAD: TURNIP PLAZA REPORT2IntroductionTurnip Plaza Hotel, one of Colossal Company’s luxury hotel holdings, is located in Port Austin, Michigan not far from Lake Huron’s famous Turnip Rock. About a month ago, one of their most skilled tour guides (Mark Piper) was offered a job by Stacey with a substantial pay increase at one of their competitor hotels. Mark discussed the offer with some of his colleagues at Turnip Plaza and one of them went to Turnip Plaza’s manager, Edward Griffin and told him the details of the offer. After learning about the offer, Edward promised Mark, if he stayed with Turnip Plaza, the following month he would receive a promotion with a 50 percent raise and a guaranteed two-year contract. Mark made the decision to stay at Turnip Plaza Hotel and shortly before he was to receive his new contract, Mark was terminated from employment because of corporate restructuring surrounding concerns of increased liability risks of managing high adventure tours through Colossal’s hotels. Mark has not taken any legal action against Turnip Plaza, but there is great concern that he might try to hold Turnip Plaza to Edward’s promise. In this report, we will examine the legal theories that Mark could use to legally enforce Edward’s promise, damages that Mark could be entitled to if he filed a law suit, and the ethical obligations that Turnip Plaza has to fulfill Edward’s promise of employment with Mark.Legal AnalysisIn performing a legal analysis of this case, there are many legal theories that need to be considered. First and foremost, did Edward make a promise to Mark that is legally enforceable asa contract? Under contract law, a promise is defined as a declaration by a person to perform or refrain from performing a specified act (Contract Formation and Execution). After a promise is made, the recipient of the promise has rights to expect or demand that the promise be performed.
RUNNING HEAD: TURNIP PLAZA REPORT3The determination of whether these rights to expect or demand performance are moral or legal depends on the promise being made in the context of a valid and enforceable contract (Contract Formation and Execution). A contract is a legally enforceable promise or an exchange of promises and is only enforceable if it meets certain elements (Contract Law). In an enforceable contract, these elements must include an offer, acceptance of that offer, and then an intended exchange of value between the parties (Contract Law). Both parties must give or exchange something of value with one another. The thing of value is known as consideration. A contract does not have to be a formal, written document. Contracts can be a simple verbal agreement (Contract Law).