Offer Letter / STD

I've been working at the Tribune for nearly 4 years now, but less than 2 as an "employee". When I was offered a job as an employee, it was for $30k less than I was making as a consultant, but they offered to "get creative" to help make up the difference, ie. $3k for a laptop, $3k for training, and 3 weeks vacation. I have since been told that this offer letter didn't constitute a contract and that they don't have to honor what they agreed to in writing. So far, they have only given me less that $1,000 in training money, and 1 week of vacation, saying that "nobody starts with 3 weeks, only 1".

Do I have any recourse?

PS... This has seriously stressed me out, along with other family financial issues to the point where my psychiatrist gave me a letter to my employer that I should take 4-8 weeks off. I have Short Term Disability insurance, but my employer is apparently doing everything possible to delay payment.

2 answers  |  asked Nov 19, 2002 12:08 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

Answers (2)

Aaron Maduff
Offer Letter /STD

I would have to agree with John. Under standard contract law, if they make an offer and you accept that offer, you have a contract. The only question is what are the terms. But all of these things require looking at the contract.
Aaron Maduff

posted by Aaron Maduff  |  Nov 19, 2002 4:29 PM [EST]
John Otto
Letter contract

It is possible that the offer letter is a binding contract. A lawyer would have to review the letter in detail to give you a definitive answer. The Chicago area has many lawyers who belong to the National Employment Lawyers Association, a group of lawyers who concentrate in representing employees in employment disputes. I recommend making an appointment to see one of them, remembering to take along the letter and all other relevant documents.

posted by John Otto  |  Nov 19, 2002 3:38 PM [EST]

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