What are my rights regarding reimbursement for relocation and lost income?
Question Details: I am a registered nurse and was offered a civilian nursing job on a U.S. Air Force base through a contracting company. I told the company I was not a U.S. citizen, however I'm have a valid green card (I'm Canadian) and I have been in the U.S. for 2 years. I relocated and started the job but 2 weeks into the assignment it was discovered that I was not eligible as you are required to have resided in the U.S. for 4 years. I am trying to get reimbursed from the contracting company for all related expenses relocation, lost wages, cost to break my apartment lease which would be approximately $12,000. The contracting company deals exclusively with military contracts so should have been aware of the 3 year residency requirement. What type of lawyer should I contact and do I have a case for reimbursement?
No, you don't have a case for reimbursement. You write that you think that they "should have been aware of this," but they are not responsible for your decision to take the job and relocate unless they signed some agreement making them responsible. Otherwise, it was your responsibility in the law's eyes to make sure you were eligible to work: no one else is liable or responsible for you unless they contractually (i.e. by some agreement) voluntarily took on that responsibility.