Can I sue if I accepted a job offer but the company changed its mind?

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Can I sue if I accepted a job offer but the company changed its mind?

The company I work for is being bought my another company. They offered me a job at the new company and i accepted now the new company has decided I’m not needed even before we started there. I have turned down other offers in lieu of that position. Do I have a case to file a lawsuit?

Asked on September 15, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't have a case, unfortunately, unless you had an actual written employment contract for a definite duration (e.g. one-year) which they violated. In the absence of such a written contract, all employment in this country is employment at will. That means, among other things, that an employee may be terminated at any time--even before the job starts. Since the company has the legal right to terminate at any time, there is no claim against them, and they are not liable, when they do terminate employment (or withdraw an offer). There is no liability for doing what you are legally entitled to do.


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