I work for the state. Another state called me and made me a formal job offer for the amount listed on the job posting to which I responded to be interviewed in the first place. I started work this past Monday, and on Thursday, four days later, all of the new hires in the county met with the county HR. At this meeting I was given a stack of papers "for my records" and I noted the salary was several thousand dollars LESS than what I was told in what they called the "Formal Job Offer" made on the phone, which I accepted. After a series of "talk to this person, talk to that person", it was explained to me that someone in a different part of the state determined salaries and that they determined I was a "work against" ( a term I had never heard) where they take someone from a lesser position and have them do this more upper level position at their current lower salary until they learn the higher position and earn the higher pay. This job required a BS degree and three years of experience. I have a Masters degree and eight years of experience. When I discussed this issue with the woman who made me the formal offer on the phone, she asked me "Why did you think you were making < the amount of salary listed on the job listing>?" I replied because that is what you stated when you called me and said, "I would like to make you a formal job offer at XXXxxx amount, is this amount ok with you?" at which time I replied yes, and accepted and started working less than a week later. She replied, "Oh, well, I was just reading from a script." (head scratch) Unfortunately, I had the same job opportunity in a very large city an hour away from here at fifteen grand more a year---but I refused it to take this position closer to my home.
No one ever mentioned the term "work against". The only thing worse than being hired and finding out you are being paid less and doing a lesser position is finding out you are being hired and doing the higher more difficult job with more education and experience required but being PAID at the lower position. I would not have left the state job I already had if I had known the pay was going to be this much less.
Perhaps it was a miscommunication between the nameless faceless entity who decides salaries in another part of the state, but I when detrimental reliance occurs on the supervisor who interviewed me, who calls me and says "Formal Job Offer at XXX" and I say "Yes, I will take the job at that rate", then they need to pay me, I feel.
I don't want to make enemies, but someone screwed up along the way, such is small town government. I simply want to be paid what I was promised, which is a fair rate for my skills, my education and my abilities.