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Old 02-05-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Last year, me and friends were working as co-op students in a company in California. At the end of the term, the company gave us full time employment offers. On the offer letter , it stated the details of the offer would be sent at the later date. The offer is conditional only upon our graduation. But there weren't any actually contracts signing per se, since we had to wait for the detaled offer. Nonetheless, our managers signed the offer letters.

During the last few months, we had verbal and email communications with our department managers. HR also emailed us to ensure that our positions were secure.
But this week, we received an email from HR saying our offers have been withdrawn.
We missed grad-school application deadline and oppurrunities to seek other jobs. And we are pretty much screwed now.

Is there anything we can do about this issue? do we have a legal case?
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I'm not an attorney but it would be my guess that there is nothing you can do about it. The company is probably suffering in this economy just like everyone else.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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really, that's gonna suck. I know the economy is bad. But at least the company should give us a notice earlier.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Last year, me and friends were working as co-op students in a company in California. At the end of the term, the company gave us full time employment offers. On the offer letter , it stated the details of the offer would be sent at the later date. The offer is conditional only upon our graduation. But there weren't any actually contracts signing per se, since we had to wait for the detaled offer. Nonetheless, our managers signed the offer letters.

During the last few months, we had verbal and email communications with our department managers. HR also emailed us to ensure that our positions were secure.
But this week, we received an email from HR saying our offers have been withdrawn.
We missed grad-school application deadline and oppurrunities to seek other jobs. And we are pretty much screwed now.

Is there anything we can do about this issue? do we have a legal case?
The offer was contingent upon graduation form what - college or grad school? More information would be helpful. If the offer was contingent or conditioned upon graduation from college, and you successfully graduated from college, fulfilling your part of the bargain and you detrimentally relied upon the company's offer of employment and put off grad school, then you may have a case, although you say there was no contract. There are a few scenarios that could work here, but we really need more information.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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An offer letter is not a binding contract.

They could actually bring you in, then fire you the first day and it would be 100% legal.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I'm inclined to believe that without a signed contract, you're out of luck. If you had a signed contract, and relied on their contractual promise to hire you, you may not even be able to sue for damages if you're in an at-will employment state.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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This experience is a life lesson - one shouldn't expect entitlements in the current economy. The company wanted to hire you, but once they knew they couldn't afford to, they informed you. End of story - pursuing legal recompense would be a waste of time and effort.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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The offer was contingent upon graduation form what - college or grad school? More information would be helpful. If the offer was contingent or conditioned upon graduation from college, and you successfully graduated from college, fulfilling your part of the bargain and you detrimentally relied upon the company's offer of employment and put off grad school, then you may have a case, although you say there was no contract. There are a few scenarios that could work here, but we really need more information.

yes, it's University graduation.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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It is conditional on University Bachelor Degree Graduation. The offers were given last June when the economy was still good. I know that without signing the contracts, it would be hard to have a case. But the company has caused us a lot of trouble. We have missed two rounds of recruiting fairs and grad school application deadline to wait for the offer. I guess next time we should request to sign the contracts right away. right?
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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They must have done their budget and realized they didn't need or couldn't afford to take on anyone else at this time.

My husband was actually offered a job then they called him back and said, 'sorry, you aren't the person we wanted to hire!' It was just another "WTH" moment he went through in his career.
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