Sketchy Boss??

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Registered: 08-08-2013
Sketchy Boss??
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 6:46pm

<p>I got offered a job and informally accepted it, I even got an unofficial signed copy of all the agreements to the job. I was supposed to start last week, but when I got there they acted like they forgot, and had another girl in the position I was hired for. They told me they would call me and to go home for the day and we would do paperwork this week. They emailed and used the excuse that a water pipe burst so the building isn't in use currently, but they would call me. I still haven't received the call. This job is important, I already left my other job for this one after accepting, and I have an infant son I provide for. How do I go about figuring out if they are serious about me or not, and how do I get them to give me an official start date?</p>

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 5:31pm

YIkes! That seriously stinks that they have left you in this position! What do you mean by "unoffical signed copy of all the agreements to the job:"? Seems like anything signed by both you and them would count as official? 

The only advice I can think of is to call a lawyer-there are quite a few FREE legal resources out there. We've even called local lawyer's offices before to explain a particular sitution we were in and they were more than happy to give us some free consultation/advice via phone. Here are a couple links to get you started:

Normally, I'm not one to immediately jump to a "you'll hear from my lawyer!!" type of response but you've left your previous job for this opportunity and for them to be stringing you along like this is NOT okay, IMO.

Good luck and keep us updated!


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Registered: 06-06-2001
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 10:57am

Who actually hired you? Who signed the "unofficial" offer and other paperwork you got? Is it the same person? Is there a separate person in HR?

This sounds so odd. Lately I've had all of my prospective employers wanting me to fill out tons of paperwork inlcuding the forms for direct deposit before my start date; that helped me and them know that we were both serious about moving forward.

Have you been interviewing anywhere else or was this the one and only job to which you've applied since the one you left? If you have been interviewing anywhere else, you might want to consider reaching back out to them to let them know that you are actually still available. If you hadn't yet applied for other positions, do that at this point, too, because even if you start at the company that sent the "unofficial" documentation, who knows how long you will be able to hold a job at the seemingly incompetent company?


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