I recently accepted an offer for a senior leader position from a Fortune 500 company. After much deliberation I decided to accept the offer. A few days later I gave my employer at that time 2 weeks notice of my departure. After those two weeks I took a week of vacation to get my house in order since the new job required relocation.
72-hours before I started the new job I got a call from my new manager that there was a restructure going on, and he wanted to give me additional responsibilities because a senior leader had decided to leave the company, and instead of hiring a replacement for her, they thought they could save money by just combining her role with the role that I accepted. No pay increase. The manager asked if I'd be okay with that. Keep in mind, at this time I had already left old employer so I effectively had no job to support my family. I live in small-town America and there are zero opportunities in the town I live in. So when the manager asked if I'd be okay with the changes I said it sounded like a good opportunity, but didn't say yes. Later I texted him and asked if I was in a 'holding pattern' until a new offer could be arrangement in light of the doubling of the job responsibilities. He said that that wasn't necessary since the restructure was finalized and approved yet. I started the job the following week. Two days later they announced the org changes and my new (dual-hatted) role. I spoke with HR after the announcement was made. He said that the Compensation department thought that they overpaid for me, so they felt justified in doubling up my job responsibilities. Do I have legal recourse against this employer? Since the offer requires a relo there are clauses in the offer about paying back relo money and a sign-on bonus if I leave within two years. Are those clauses null and void since the role on the contract is significantly less than what they gave me 48 hours after I started?