While working in management for one construction company I was recruited to a position with different construction company. My supervisor from the previous company attended the initial meeting and interview where I inquired about my long-term prognosis with the hiring company. Among other promises, I was told that I was being hired as the Southeastern Florida regional manager for this company and that any jobs this company worked on from Orlando to Miami I would be supervising. On 10-28-2014 I was told that I was being dispatched to a job in south Florida, at which time I began preparing to leave the Orlando area. On 10-31-2014 I was informed that the company had decided to send another manager to the Miami job and that I was being laid off, effective immediately (10-31-2014).
Unfortunately, if you do not have a written contract for employment for a specified term, you are considered an at-will employee. Verbal contracts are subject to the statute of frauds, which outlines when certain contracts must be in writing. You could potentially have a promissory estoppel claim, which is different. You need need to seek out an experienced employment attorney in Orlando to seek assistance with your facts. I am sure there is much more to the story than you can type here on Avvo. Reach out to a local attorney for a consultation.
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As my colleague mentioned, Florida is an "at will" jurisdiction, which means that unless there is a written agreement executed by the employer (authorized representative) and employee that specifically defines the scope of employment, duration and compensation to constitute by law an "employment agreement" the employment is "at will" and you can be fired for cause or no cause.
That being said, you still may have a claim for "reliance", and you should consider speaking with a labor lawyer in your area. If you were promised a position for employment, you reasonably relied upon that promise (or representation), and you are ultimately deprived of employment for that position, you may have a right to claim the losses incurred in direct reliance of that position. This may include, but not limit to, the cost for moving, possibly quitting your last job, and other related expenses in reliance of starting that new position that you were ultimately deprived of receiving.
I am truly sorry to hear of your experience with this new opportunity, and I wish you the best of luck.
However, to determine reasonable reliance on the job offering and the damages you may have incurred as a result of that reliance, you will have to share more information with the attorney you consult with to confirm whether or not you have a viable claim.
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You may have a claim, but it depends on several factors, the biggest being your actual contract. Call a few attorneys, schedule some consultations, and hire who you get the best vibe from.
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