Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I am terribly sorry to hear that your employment offer was rescinded and that you now find yourself unemployed.
In general, the elements for a claim of promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance are the following:
1) a promise reasonably expected by the promissor to induce action or forbearance,
2) action or forbearance by the promisee in justifiable reliance on the promise (i.e. “detrimental reliance”), and
3) injustice can be avoided only through enforcement of the promise.
These elements would appear to be present under the facts you have described because it was reasonably foreseeable and indeed necessary that you would quit your former position prior to accepting this job, andthis has resulted in a substantial injustice (you being unemployed for no reason other than to accept a job that was taken from you without good cause).
While an individual in your circumstance likely cannot compel the county or your former employer to re-hire you, you very well may be entitled to lost wages from your former position, which you quit in reliance on this new offer. In the 2004 case of Tuscano v. Greene, the court permitted exactly that, stating:"We hold a plaintiff's lost future wages from the former at-will employer are recoverable under a promissory estoppel theory as long as they are not speculative or remote, and are supported by substantial evidence."
You can read the entire case here: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-appeal/1009669.html
Although this sort of claim can be pursued on your own, you would benefit greatly from the representation of a local employment law attorney. For attorney referrals, visit this link: http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/lris/directory/main.cfm?id=CA
or visit http://www.martindale.com
I particularly like Martin Dale because the site allows you to search attorneys by practice area and also provides attorney ratings.
When you contact the attorneys, ask if they offer free consultations. Most should, and this way you can get at least some feel for the attorney's expertise and enthusiasm for your particular case before you commit. Also, you will probably want an attorney who is willing to take your case on a contingency fee basis--this means that you won't have to pay for their services until you win, and if you don't win, you won't have to pay them any attorney fee.
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