How do I handle a potential hiring contract (I'm a full time employee not an independent contractor, to be clear) dispute when I've already taken the job and been working for a month? The specifics are I was assured domestic partner healthcare benefits would be covered and it turns out the talent recruiter and his supervisor erred. I had it in verbal confirmation, not in writing, though I do have written confirmation of the error. This happened on day one.
I don't want to rock the boat too much, I've been here a month, I'm enrolling in my own benefits and 401k, but my girlfriend doesn't have employer coverage and I pay the bills. We don't want to get married right now. But this worth a percentage of my salary and I accepted the position believing it to be covered.
It's been about a month since I started. Once a week I've sent polite emails. If I don't hear back after my latest email, is there anything I can do? This is a large corporate company, and the managers aren't involved too much with the hiring.
Beyond the obvious concerns I'm also incentivized to stay for 1-4+ years with this employer, and beyond that I like the job, the work, and the people, so if this remains unresolved, is there are way to leverage it later? Should I ask for a flat salary increase, or would requesting the bonus target to be shifted up (meaning they can peg payment to performance, a generous compromise on my part)? Right now I've left it vague and just told them what my expenses would be an asked for a resolution.