If an employer lies to an applicant during the job interview/hiring process what can be done?

I had been working at my previous job for many years. Over the past year I had been looking for a new job that contained 3 specific features: shorter commute, better salary and no travel. I had an interview with a certain company a year ago. They presented 2 of the 3 features I was looking for. They told me that some international travel may be required so I turned down their offer. About a month ago the same company presented a new offer and said that there would be no travel required. This was repeated several times throughout the hiring process not only by the employer but also the recruiter. I accepted their offer on their word that I would not have to travel. They did not put this in writing. If this employer asks or tells me to travel and I refuse (which I will) what are the consequences? At that point I would consider their hiring process based on a lie and probably lose trust in the company. Would I have any legal options at that point? I am trying to be preemtive, cover myself and give myself a secure feeling as I grow in this new position.

1 answer  |  asked Nov 28, 2012 3:17 PM [EST]  |  applies to Connecticut

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Daniel H. Schneider
You may have a claim for misrepresentation or promissory estoppel. However, in order to determine this I would need to see the specifics of your offer of employment (ex: offer letter), and I would also need to know what you gave up by accepting the position (ex: stable employment with another company, or another offer of employment). I would also want to explore with you the specific language used in the representations by your employer. Further, I would want to know if there was any particular reason that you could not travel that might create a separate claim or need for accommodation (ex: disability).

Please feel free to contact me by telephone at (203) 874-0030. There is no charge for initial consultations.

Very Truly Yours,

Atty. Daniel H. Schneider
Milford, CT
(203) 874-0030

posted by Daniel H. Schneider  |  Nov 28, 2012 7:54 PM [EST]

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