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I joined a reputed company in India, and worked there for 7 days. They did not provide me any offer/appointment/joining letter until that time. I haven't signed any document stating the notice period policy.

I absconded from the company after sending them a decent email from my personal mail, without serving the notice period. They replied to my mail with the due amount of notice period salary. They do not have a probation period.

I don't expect any wages or documents from that company since I have no need to put in on my employment record.

I believe the company should not take any legal action, and their mail is just an empty threat, since I haven't signed any letter with the notice period clause.

What can I do to minimize my risk in this situation?

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Anyone can sue anyone for any reason. However, it makes no practical sense for them to "recover" an amount worth two or three months of your salary by pursuing legal action, which will carry on for ages and likely cost them hundred times more in legal and court fees.

Additionally, in your case, you have not signed any document which proves your employment or that you agreed to pay anything, so the court will most likely throw out their case in the first hearing.

Their email is not an empty threat but a scam. They are just hoping to make a quick buck by threatening you. Don't respond further and forget about them.

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This being in India, not exactly an employee-friendly country, with many stories of vengeful behaviour, it is not unlikely that you would get sued. And the fact that you worked for seven days means that you accepted an employment contract. If these terms are usual for employment contracts, then it isn’t unlikely that you would lose.

(Difference to U.K.: The company would say “Good riddance” and not sue, even if they could. And the implicit contract means the company has to pay for seven days of work.)

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    it is not unlikely that you would get sued - This statement would be greatly improved if you could reference an objective source to support this statement. – IDrinkandIKnowThings Jul 17 '18 at 14:56
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    Also can you back up the second sentence specifically within the context of Indian employment law? That seems like a fair assumption in the west but might be jumping to conclusions there. – Myles Jul 18 '18 at 20:50
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    "the fact that you worked for seven days means that you accepted an employment contract" I don't know Indian law very well, but I don't think this is correct. – Glen Pierce Jul 20 '18 at 14:31
  • This answer could be improved by providing differences to the 180-odd other countries. Given the OP isn't asking about UK, if difference to UK is an important ingredient of this answer, then difference to other countries should also be equally important. – Masked Man Jul 21 '18 at 0:42
  • @MaskedMan are you trying to troll the answer here ? IMHO This is perfectly common practice here that while answering people often provide a relative local reference to their countries. Isn't it ? – Amit Jul 25 '18 at 18:06

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