United States: Pennsylvania resident, outside of Philadelphia if that matters. Over a week ago I hastily signed a 6 month employment contract pending a drug test and background check. I did tell them I had a misdemeanor from over 15yrs ago and they were fine with that.
I really needed a job and was getting scared, so I accepted said position even though they asked me if I could pick up 30lbs every 5-7 minutes when the contract stated up to 50lbs and I told them yes.
I have back & neck problems so after a lot of thought I want to send them a letter stating all of this, plus I was offered another position offering me not only more money, but also benefits and I wouldn't have to lift anything.
I'm worried they will come after me because I'm not going to give them 2 weeks like it says I need to in my contract, although they can fire me at will with no explanation... I don't know what to do, I can't afford a lawyer or to pay this company for 2 weeks pay.
Even if I didn't take this other job, I wouldn't really want to work this job, because of the lifting. I don't want to injure myself, but if I don't tell them in this letter that I was offered another position, I am afraid they will offer me another job, but who knows if they'll even get back to me. It's been a week today and I know for a fact they got the drug test results that day and I really doubt it takes long for a background check.
I saw somewhere about putting the job industry in here and it's only data entry but it's medical information apparently if that helps. I mean I made a mistake, I was scared and felt trapped into taking this, as it was all that was offered at said time, but now over a week later and they haven't even contacted me. Please advise, thank you all in advance. Here is what I could find in my contract about cancelling:
- Termination. You are employed by the company on “At-Will Basis”. You agree that at least two weeks advance notice by you is reasonable and necessary under such circumstances due to the substantial effort, time and expense the Company will be required to incur in employing you and in replacing your services. If you leave the assignment without giving 15 days prior notice you will be liable to pay these days. By any chance if client terminates your contract we will also end your assignment.
Could someone please tell me if I would be liable to pay anything to these people and what should I include in my letter?