How to go about suing a company that promised a salary after you quit your job?
Question Details: I applied for a job through Indeed.com to be a HR manager. I reached out to the owner to plead my case for the job. He called me a few days later to inform me that I had the job and promised me that he would pay me the amount that I was making at my previous job. I went through the proper procedures to leave my job after receiving my job offer sheet. After working for this company, supposedly hiring other employees who have quit or turned down jobs also, the owner never met nor followed through with any of his obligations as a company such as signing contracts or activating payroll. His "game" as a registered company in the state has caused my family and others financial turmoil as I and 7 others are now forced to search for other jobs to make ends meet and have to deal with our reputations taking a negative hit. A man like this deserves to be locked up. How do I go about seeking litigation against him, if possible?
Unfortunately, if you did not get a written employment agreement from him which guaranteed you your job and salary for some fixed or given amount of time (e.g. a one year contract), there is most likely nothing you can do. All employment in this nation is "employment at will" except if and to the extent modified by a written employment contract. That means, among other things, that there is no guaranty of a job or pay: an employer can promise a job or promise a salary and then renege on it, just like an employee can take a job, then refuse to actually start work or else quit right away. An offer sheet would not form an enforceable contract unless it was for a set length of time (e.g. that you were guaranteed the job for a year); written offers that do not prevent you from being terminated for some length of time do not actually modify employment at will. While what this person did is certainly unethical, based on what you write, it is not actually illegal.