I was offered a high-paying job in mid-2013 with a target start date of January, 2014. For a number of reasons, I have decided to take another job in January instead and renege on my signed offer from mid-2013. I received a sign-on bonus as well.
What can the employer legally do, besides ask that I return the sign-on bonus? Can they sue me for breach of contract or anything else?Pleaes note: this is at-will employment, as stated in the offer letter I signed.
If there was no contract, then there would realistically be no consequences. However, if you received a sign-on bonus it is likely that there was a written agreement of some kind before you received those funds.
If there was an agreement we are unable to answer your question without first reviewing that agreement.
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If you did not receive this offer through a head hunter, probably not, but you may want to have an attorney review the letter to be sure.
You will almost certainly have to return the sign-on bonus. As for whether the employer has any other options, it's impossible to tell without having a local employment attorney review the actual documents.
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