Does an employer have to follow through with what they say they will do for you in an interview???

I recently started a new job. In my interview, I asked if I started with
vacation. I was told yes, three weeks. I took 1 week of vacation and the HR
person and Village administrator told me I don’t have 3 weeks until I have 6
months of employment with the village. So their solution to their lie is to give
me 2 weeks vacation next year to make up for the 1 week I took this year.
Basically I get 3 weeks vacation in 2 years instead of 6 weeks in 2 years as
promised in the interview. Do I have any legal standing in this matter, or am I
pretty much stuck with what they tell me?

Asked on September 15, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless you had a written employment agreement which guaranteed you the 3 weeks per year of vacation, you most likely do not have any recourse. When there is no written employment contract, employment is employment at will; among other things, that means they can change, revise, reduce, etc. your benefits (or pay) at any time, for any reason, and therefore, being told you have a certain amount of vacation is unenforceable.


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