Q: I have taken a job and signed the contingent offer. I met all of the requirements but the company rescinded the offer.
I was told by email from the CEO that I was on payroll as of August 24th 2021. Not only have I declined all other offers at that point, I work in an industry where it is not easy to find a new position quickly. They have since rescinded the offer and are telling me to return the relocation money that was already given to me. I meet all the criteria for the position, but I think they rescinded the offer because they were loosing the contract for the job and wanted to save money and not pay me.
1) Do they have a legal right to come after me for the relocation money?
Very low class of them...
They may claim unjust enrichment, meaning you got the money and they received nothing in return. However, if you have spent money on preparing to relocate or have forgone other offers because of this one, you have damages too. You may need a lawyer to properly review your options and respond to that employer.
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