I received a written job offer with employee contract and accepted. After I accepted, my prospective employer started to call around at my prior employer to ask around about me. I provided 7 references but did not provide authorization for them to conduct backdoor reference checks
. (They never informed me that they would do this nor was it a condition of my job offer.) They subsequently rescinded the offer the day I was to start based on feedback from backdoor references.
JA: Because employment law
varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: New York
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will
," union, full time or part time?
Customer: It was at will. Not union and part time. The conditions noted on the offer letter were only that I sign the documents (employee covenants, offer letter/terms, and stock agreement) AND that I pass a background check. I received a separate email indicating that I had passed the background check and was cleared to start work. The agreement that I signed did make references to Termination
with Cause and without Cause.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: The offer letter noted that these agreements become binding based on the terms in the documents. Also, my start date was delayed twice. Also, I'm not employed. I had been interviewing elsewhere and was one of 2 finalists for another role, but I backed out after receiving this offer. Also, all of my references were called prior to receiving my offer letter. The company never communicated that they would call around after they extended the offer or that it was contingent on meeting the requirements of this additional process. Lastly, the reason they pulled the offer is because they heard I could be headstrong....did not always listen to others' opinions.