What happens when you are offered a job; you quit your current job and then the company pulls their offer?

I was offered a position after a phone interview and a follow up second interview with two corporate managers. I disclosed a misdemeanor charge that may show up on a background check. I was subsequently offered an upper management position and I gave my two weeks notice. Now on the eve of my first day I receive a phone call from HR saying the job is not mine. Some questions about my background check. I disclosed the misdemeanor and was assured by the corporate manager that if the misdemeanor matches the background check. "no problem". Now I sit, unemployed waiting for them. I gave details of the offense and was reassured that they did not have a problem. What can I do legally? This is important to all those out there pondering whether to disclose a transgression. The background check confirmed what I had disclosed and now the reneged on their offer.

Asked By: jackson - 9/17/2007
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No point in waiting they will never disclose the details to you... More
Answered By: Credit Expert - 9/18/2007
Additional Answers (9)
Call a lawyer. You had a binding, verbal contract. Good luck!
Answered By: Brooke - 9/17/2007
You can always withdraw your two week notice. It sounds like the new job didn't really exist.
Answered By: David T - 9/17/2007
Unfortunately, I think it will be a case of "he said she said"...I would explain to your current employer what had happened, and be prepared to explain why you were looking elsewhere. Who knows, they may be ready to match the offer if they like your work.
Answered By: stormwarnfm - 9/17/2007
You're screwed. Only thing you can do is try and withdraw your resignation at your old job and hope they didn't already hire someone to replace you.
Answered By: Belle - 9/17/2007
Nothing, they told you it was pending the results, they may have not wanted to let you down in their office with others around not knowing how you may react. As for the previous job, as long as you left on good terms they may want you back, or just move on to another position. One door closes another one opens, stay... More
Answered By: Chuck P - 9/17/2007
Unless you signed a contract, you we offered a job under the legal concept of "employment at will". This basically means an employer can fire you for any or no reason at all. So without a binding contract you probably have no legal recourse especially since you were never actually hired. Sorry.
Answered By: phovisi - 9/17/2007
It depends on your jurisdiction. Arizona, for example, is a 'right to work state', so if there is not a written contract and you have not filled out your new hire paperwork with the new company.... sorry! Can you rescind your notice with your 'old' company? You should speak with a labor attorney in your area.
Answered By: MissKnowItAll - 9/17/2007
Here is the problem I see... More
Answered By: Mary B - 9/17/2007
My advice is always get a job offer in writing. That way if they pull out, you have legal grounds. Right now sad to say, you have zip.
Answered By: Stephen I - 9/18/2007
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