I'd like to add something.
I feel I have superior social skills to Alessandro, and can work much better with people in a "team lead" capacity: is there any way to convey this to Ted?
And then you also say:
I'm wondering if this could be brought up with an external agency, such as the #MeToo movement, but am worried that it could become ...
Firstly, "strong candidate" is hardly a promise. It just means that you should apply. I have had various people doing the hiring tell me that I am a strong candidate for a position and then did not even get an interview. I also suspect that your boss doesn't have the authority to make such a promise unless he is one of the chief engineers or other executives....
You weren't exactly promised. Get that thought out of your head. Because it sounds entitled, and entitlement will not win you the race.
Instead, treat it as a typical race for a contested promotion:
You told us what Alessandro does better. What do you do better? Social skills is vague.
Put this into concret examples that you can show Ted. Preferably ...
There's nothing you can do. The company doesn't owe you a promotion, what you promised was not in the contract, and it was not even by the current manager. The company should always promote the best candidate for the job, it sounds like "Alessandro" is a better candidate for a senior engineering position while you're more suitable for non-technical jobs.
You seem too emotionally involved.
Frankly, I think that continuing to lingering in this hate and vendetta fantasies for the company is not healthy for you; I perfectly get that unfair treatment and being fired is terrible, but you have to move on, emotionally and professionally.
Yes, you could play some tricks on them, but you have a commitment as a ...
Companies often have you pay and then reimburse you to minimize this behavior.
Interview practice is always good. Just go, use the interview as free practice, and then enjoy your time in the city complication free. If they offer you the job, just decline. This strategy would almost assuredly avoid legal problems.
There might be nuances using which you can figure out something to avoid the legalities for avoiding the interview and use that company-provided fund to have a personal tour, but being very straightforward, I'd suggest : Don't do this.
Since you already mentioned:
Since they won't stop harassing me no matter how many times I tell them to screw off
I'm thinking of asking for the 150k in exchange for scrapping the extra 200 shares and 5k signing bonus
Do that. 130K is very tight in the Bay Area! Don't count on the RSUs at all. But I hope they work out well. It commits you to the company for that time. If you don't have major stuff to tote, then you do not need 5K for the relocation.
Keep your options ...
Write them a letter or e-mail. Make sure you have an "official" copy
I'll be happy to return the assets as asked
Please provide a detailed list of all the assets that you think are outstanding with enough detail so they can be clearly identified
Please provide instructions on how to return them,
if you require shipping, please provide a pre-paid shipping ...
Don't overthink this. It sounds like you were a member of some sort of street team. If that's the case, rest assured the company isn't overthinking it.
If the company credit card has your personal name on it, cut it in half and send it to the company by post. Include a letter saying you believe you returned all their assets you still have. Ask them, if ...
You signed a contract indicating that they can charge you $40 for unreturned items. you agreed to this contract. If you thought it would be too burdensome, you should not have agreed to these terms.
Any bad treatment by them in the past does not absolve you of your obligations.
You should arrange a time for someone from the company to come pick it up. Make ...