Thank you for that information. In DC, as in most other jurisdictions, including VA, an offer letter is not considered a contract. In other words, an employer always has the right to withdraw it or change the terms and conditions of employment stated in the contract at any time in the future. That includes the term of employment stated in the offer. If there were, on the other hand, a term contract, that had all of the details of the job, pay, hours, etc., was signed by both parties and clearly stated it was a contract, that would be enforceable.
That means that the regular law of employment in DC would cover your situation. That, as you may know, is employment "at will." That in turn means that an employer may terminate an employee for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning unless they are doing so because the employee is in a protected class under employment discrimination laws or because they exercised their rights in the following matters:
- Whistleblowing. Properly reporting what the employee reasonably believes to be illegal activity;
- Fraud. Refusing to engage in fraudulent business practices;
- Government Investigations. Cooperating with a government investigation or refusing to lie to a government official;
- Discrimination. Opposing what the employee reasonably believes to be illegal discrimination;
- Family Leave. Exercising your right to take unpaid leave; and
- Unpaid Wages. Demanding wages be paid promptly.
Unless your situation fits within one of those exceptions then, although the employer may be managing the money they receive improperly and thereby making poor management decisions, you would not have legal recourse in the situation. If you do believe that you fall within one of the exceptions, then you should speak to a local employment law attorney about the possibility of filing suit.
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