My situation, Location South Africa with regards to Labour Law
I got a job offer through a recruitment agency which I subsequently signed, when handing in resignation to my current position (Hosted IT Services), my client I support said they would not lose me and gave me a counter offer to work for them directly which I could not refuse with increase in package (with this case my current employer has no problem with me working direct for the client with regards to restraint), I have notified the recruiter that I am declining the signed job offer 15 days in advance and they have subsequently advised me that they will be taking legal action due to loss of income,
Is this something I need to be worried about? Can they do anything?
The way I see it I could of just stayed with their position and resigned on the 1st day if need be and give a weeks notice, however I don't want to do that as I am already working for my client directly.
To add, I don't remember signing any contract with the recruiter with regards that I will be liable for any payment due to their loss of income due to me not accepting their proposed/signed position.