The company I worked for was recently acquired by another company. As part of the deal, we were offered contract to hire positions with no benefits. When the contract was presented, I inquired about benefits and HR claimed they "will pick up the COBRA costs for your benefits" in an email.
After accepting the contract and accepting COBRA coverage (about a month passed here), I asked again about COBRA and how they would pay. This time, the same HR person tells me that what they said earlier was not the case. They claim that the "guidance they received" was that it would be covered, but after talking to the HR lead now, it's not the case.
Health coverage was my primary concern when consdering signing the contract, and I'm really bummed that I might have to strike out on my own. Do I have any recourse, and if so, how can I navigate the situation without souring my relationship with the new company?
Everything has been over email, but the contract I signed doesn't have any mention of benefits or COBRA.