I was offered a position in MA (I live in TX) and was told all new hire paperwork would be done on site the first week. I showed up and immediately started working. At the end of the first week I discovered the position I was hired for was not vacant and the incumbent was on vacation. I was told he would be terminated for performance upon his return. Later I discovered the termination process had not even begun and the position I was hired for would not be vacant for months, if at all.
I was also told I would need to fill a lower ranking position at a lower pay rate (about 50% less) than the rate I originally agreed to until the position I was hired for becomes vacant.
I am now six weeks in and have not received any compensation. I have racked up close to $3,000 in travel expenses that have not been reimbursed. I have also not received a formal employment offer for any position as there is always an excuse that pushes everything to "next week." I do have messages from a VP that contain the title and compensation I agreed to before all of the shenanigans.
Do I have legal options to collect compensation and damages without a formal offer?
Yes. You should contact an employment attorney ASAP. What you describe is illegal.
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