Hello,
I was hired by a consultancy in Singapore and had agreed to join them by signing the offer letter.
However due to personal reasons, I wasn't in a position to move to Singapore and conveyed the same to them over email one month in advance.
Now the offer letter had the following clauses:
They have sent me a legal notice asking me to up the entire amount quoted above and also the advocate's fees.
This is really bothering me as I am not in a position to pay anything.
Can somebody please help me as to what I can do in this case?
Thanks in advance.

From India, Bangalore
Hello,

'Personal reasons' are the oft-quoted reasons for skipping an Employment contract/agreement--so much so that it's lost it's sanctity--where professionals just use it to join another better-paying offer AFTER they have signed/accepted the earlier Offer. No surprise that you got the legal notice.

This is not to say that you are lying/bluffing. But when you live in a world where the well-intentioned means/reasons are often misused, you have to be extra-careful when you use such facilities.

You should have discussed with them WITH EVIDENCES of your personal reasons earlier & convinced them before itself. I presume you haven't or at least haven't done sufficiently enough for them to be convinced. When one is in a position where his/her commitment is being effected due to other/personal reasons, it isn't enough to take the stand that 'personal is personal--can't reveal'. Some explanation is definitely called for.

Suggest you to call them & discuss/explain your side of the story. And also, pl note that some reasons that are acceptable in India may not be acceptable abroad [for eg., family/parents aren't agreeing, etc].

Another aspect in this is: Companies outside India take a commitment very seriously unlike those in India, where applicants carry multiple Offers, give Acceptances to ALL & then take their own sweet decision with little thought of the consequences for the other companies [obviously one can join only one company] could entail.

We speak that India is a land of Vedas, etc, etc--but now have to learn of honoring one's word/commitment, come what may, from other nations.

Rgds,

TS

From India, Hyderabad

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