Withdrawn offer

I received and accepted a written job offer for a Florida sales position for a company based in NC. One week after receiving and accepting the offer, and after giving notice to my current employer, the new company withdrew their offer, saying they decided the time was not right for filling the florida positions. I am now out of work. I relied on the offer and now have lost my old job. Do I have any possible action?

1 answer  |  asked Jul 12, 2006 09:42 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Donna Ballman
Withdrawn offer

Depending on the offer, you may have a breach of contract claim, fraud in the inducement, or promissory estoppel. Unfortunately, this type of unscrupulous behavior happens frequently in Florida. Because you have the offer in writing, I think you are in a good position to have an attorney negotiate with this employer to either live up to their promise or pay some severance to tide you over.

In the meantime, do contact the old employer and see if they will take you back. I know it hurts, and you could be told that they don't want you back, but many employers will understand and welcome a good employee back into the fold.

And there may be other factors, such as discrimination, that come into play. If it turns out the job was really open after all, and they hired someone of a different race, age, sex, religion, national origin, etc., you may have a discrimination claim.

Donna Ballman

http://www.ballmanfirm.com

ballmand@mindspring.com

posted by Donna Ballman  |  Jul 12, 2006 10:02 AM [EST]

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