I need an attorney that can look at this offer letter and advise me, if the employee has any merits in his demand for the ramp up bonus. I don't think he has any merits in his demand, because the offer is clearly at will, which has been mentioned in the offer letter. I also need advise as to, if I should pay the employee the next month ramp up bonus. We are small startup company and don't have funds to handle this kind of expenses.
It appears you've made an offer to an employee which contains a ramp up bonus. You now wish to rescind this offer and not pay the bonus. The employee is demanding payment. If my summation is correct, the employee has already worked in reliance of the terms of the offer and while you may be able to terminate the contract at will going forward (I would need to review the contract) you would not be able to avoid payment of wages for work already completed by the employee... (once again, your question is unclear and the offer would need to be reviewed). Do follow up with an attorney for a consultation.
We don't have enough information to advise you. An attorney would need to actually review the offer letter and your communication with the employees. It will be much cheaper for you to pay for an hour of an attorney's time now than to pay an attorney to defend you in a potential lawsuit later. Use the find a lawyer feature on here to find attorneys in your area. Good luck to you.
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