Greetings and Salutations.

I was given a WRITTEN JOB OFFER LETTER in May, I signed it and was awaiting government clearance to get a start date. The clearance finally was completed today (Sept 26), but then I was told that the job was no longer available because it was given to someone else. Somebody dropped the ball.

Has anyone ever experienced this before? If so, how did you go about the situation?

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    Legal questions are off topic. They are also highly dependent on jurisdiction. If you are solely interested in legality, you could try posting this over on law.stackexchange while being specific about where you are. Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 21:14
  • Even if you could get legal redress. it would.likely take months or even years and cost you more than the job might be worth. Move on.
    – HLGEM
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 21:38
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    As Joe says it depends on your legal system - you could sue for breach of contract
    – Pepone
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 21:50
  • legal question. You have a signed contract that other part don´t respected it is 100% scam.
    – kifli
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 7:47
  • We have no evidence that the "signed contract" has no firm exit clause in the case of extended delays non-attributable to the hiring company - a 4 month delay to receive "government clearance" (I'm guessing ... security clearances?) might not be the norm, and thus the hiring company utilised its exit clause to hire someone else quicker?
    – user34687
    Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 9:16

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This is an anecdote as you ask has anyone been in this situation before, it is not legal advice...

I had a similar situation, a job offer accepted and signed and then withdrawn before the start date (company decided to switch technologies). This was after I'd resigned from my previous job. Not a great situation to be in.

The company was apologetic. Initially that was all. I had to push a bit and point out that it wasn't just a formal offer they were withdrawing but an actual contract to start work that they were changing.

In the end I got paid for the minimum amount they could have paid me for. As if I had started work and immediately been given notice of termination. I think the contract was a week's notice. Which was not much, but was better than nothing.

Again as many people have said, get Legal advice if you want to pursue. What happened to me was specific to my jurisdiction and the contract that I had.

  • This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question. - From Review Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 20:25
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    It is difficult to answer the question without giving legal advice. I was giving an example of what could happen based on experience. Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 20:34
  • @JeremyFrench which again isnt an answer post it as a comment next time.... Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 8:38
  • @Raoul Mensink the question states "Has anyone ever experienced this before? If so, how did you go about the situation?" how is it not answering that? Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 8:53
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    Have cleared it up a bit in line with your suggestions. The OP is in a bad situation, if it is possible to help or at least explain what could happen for them it is worth doing. Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 9:13

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