Can they do this?

In march 2016 I attended a hiring
event for amazon fc. Later that
week, I received a job offer and
was told an email would follow
with my start date.Since then,
they have been telling me they are
finalizing orientation dates,
there was a glitch in their system
etc. It has now been six months
and they are still telling me the
same story thanking me for my
patience, telling me ‘don’t worry’
they schedule my start date soon.
They assured me the location is
still hiring and ‘you haven’t
missed anything’. But I have. I
have missed out on alot of
paychecks due to them leading me
on this long. Can they do this? I
would appreciate some advice on
this matter.

Asked on September 21, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that a company can set the terms of employment much as it sees fit. And this includes when and if employment starts at all. I'm afraid that your only options sre to either continue to wait or look elswhere for work so not to keep missing paychecks.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

They can absolutely do this, unfortunately: employment is employment at will and that means, among other things, that the employer has free discretion who to hire, when to hire or start them, whether to hire in the first place, etc. and can equally delay, suspend, or rescind an offer once extended (or hire someone and then fire them the next or even same day). They do can keep you in limbo forever; you need to look for another opportunity.

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