In working with a professional staffing company, I landed a full time job as a specialist with a school district for the remainder of the school year. I had to scramble to get my credentials in order and do all the paperwork they required over the holidays which cost about $200. I was told to start on Monday, Jan 6. In the Fall, I had made travel plans to meet with a family member in need from Jan 7-Jan 13. To accept this job, I cancelled my plans which cost about $120 plus the emotional loss.
I have been waiting every morning to start work for a week. Now, it seems the district has resolved to have me begin next week instead. Question: If I acted with due diligence in preparing all that was required of me to start this position, even cancelling personal plans to honor the employer's start date, was ready and available to work on the date of 1/6/2020 they gave me, would I not have grounds to request compensation for lost wages for the week I was told to begin?