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LKidKyle1985's avatar

What can I do about this employment situation?

Asked by LKidKyle1985 (6594points) May 18th, 2011

So I was offered a job at another company and I decided to take it. I quit my current job 1 week before the next job started. Six days before I started my new job I got a call and was told that there was a hiring freeze and that they couldn’t bring me on. Well now I am unemployed, and my question to fluther is, can I take any legal action against this company? To either force them to bring me on, or compensate me since I was lead to believe I would have a job and then no longer offering it to me? Yes going back to my previous job is probably a possibility but not really desirable. Any advice is much appreciated thanks.

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tranquilsea's avatar

I doubt you can take legal action as companies can let you go for any reason for at least the first 3 months of your employment.

This was bad timing. Go back to your old job and keep your eyes open for something else.

9doomedtodie's avatar

Gong back is a good option in this case. Keep searching for new one. I also changed my previous company and after joining the new company I realized, I have been deceived. The things told to me didn’t persist. Now, I am searching new one.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Probably not, unless it was a contract position or you don’t live in an at-will employment state. Plus, even if you could, you’re unemployed – do you even have the money for a lawyer?

LKidKyle1985's avatar

ha thanks mynewboobs, yes I do

iamthemob's avatar

Look into promissory estoppel and detrimental reliance.

It is possible that you can get damages in some employment contexts for accepting an offer that would clearly induce you to take certain actions in order to be able to accept the offer (e.g., moving).

It just really depends on the facts, but here’s a good place to start.

Judi's avatar

You may have a case based on detrimental reliance. I got a job as an apartment manager once and almost ended up homeless because they backed out. I called an attorney and they told me to use that phrase when I called the owner of the company. I was hired basically against their will and it launched a whole new carrer path for me. I have been in Real Estate every since and that was 25 years ago.

tedd's avatar

Kyle this is essentially what happened to me last fall. I was offered a position in Pittsburgh paying like $25 an hour, and as a result I quit my job that paid $18 an hour and started getting ready to move. Come to find out a few days later when the contractor called she “misquoted” me on the pay, and it was actually $16 an hour.

In the end I found that I couldn’t take any legal action unless there was some kind of written agreement that the job was to be for $25. In your case I don’t know that that would even help since your problem is just that the job is totally stuck now.

You could probably ask an actual lawyer for free though you know. Most of them don’t charge you to take a look at your case/situation/etc.

marinelife's avatar

Do you have a written offer letter that spells out the terms of your employment (salary, starting date, etc.)? If you did and you quit your job on the strength of that, then you might have grounds.

If you didn’t get a written offer, you will know to ask for one next time.

I suggest that you go back to your old job, but keep looking for a new one.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

That is all some very interesting advice, and I do have a written offer letter. In fact I signed it and faxed it back to them. I will do some reading and perhaps I will contact a lawyer to get his opinion. I appreciate all the advice.
Westy, yeah this is a little different since I was already offered the job and given an offer letter.

tedd's avatar

@LKidKyle1985 Yah if you have the actual offer letter, I think you have some grounds to take action.

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