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Experience:  NYC Trial Atty. 30 yrs.- pers. inj., contracts, real estate, criminal, estates, matrimonial.
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Is it legal to tell a part time employee that they will be receiving an offer letter (hired fulltime) only to retract the statement later? Is it legal to hire a part-time employee for one position only to change it weeks in?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  rvlaw replied 3 years ago.
Hi and welcome,

Yes. Sometimes there are actual employment contracts between employer and employee. If there is, if an employee is fired, the employer has breached the contract and the employee is entitled to compensation. The exceptions would be if THE EMPLOYEE breached the contract by violating one of its terms like a morals clause, or confidentiality agreement.

All other employment is called AT WILL EMPLOYMENT.....anyone can be hired or fired at will. That rule controls all employment other than the contract described above. It is not peculiar to your part time/offer full time/withdrawal of offer. Sorry.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Arent all employment agreements a form of contracting even a parttime employee? going to continue my research. thanks for your time.

Expert:  rvlaw replied 3 years ago.
No they are not. Your "poor performance" rating is, I'm afraid. uncalled for:

1. If you thought your situation constituted a "contract" then there would have been no reason for you to ask JA, unless you wanted a confirmation of your conclusion. Sorry. It isn't so.

2. Frankly,the rule in my answer is a long settled, clear, basic principle of law.

3. I have been practicing law for 30 years. This is a rule we learned in first year of law school Contracts class.

4. I am not here for the money. I am legally and ethically bound as an attorney to assist customers at JA with sound and accurate answers. This is certainly one.

5. I take great pride in my work here which has been acknowledged by a 99% approval rating.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Im not doubting your expertise or background, sir. simply indicating that this service didnt help me.

Expert:  rvlaw replied 3 years ago.
That doesn't mean that a poor rating is proper. When we answer a question, we have no idea what a customer does or does not know unless he specifically states it in the question.

This is another reason for you to be fair and accept my answer and rate it 3,4 or 5


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