On Thursday, January 26th, January 2023 I received an offer letter with a start date for a new company. On Friday, January 27th I put my two-week notice in at my current employment. Today January 29th I received an email from the company that hired me saying they have decided to move on to another candidate. Can they do that? Why would they? Am I allowed to find out why? So now I don't have a job. My current employer has let me go since I put in my notice.
From United States, Grafton
Dinesh Divekar
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It is really a unexpected unpleasant situation.Once offer letter is issued employer is supposed to honour it and changing their stand within 3 days from the date of issue of offer is not ethical. They just played with career of a candidate.

Hope you had emailed offer acceptance email. If so forward the same email and write to them that based on their offer and you had submitted resignation and above to be relieved. Present to them that you have loan emi commitments and request them to accommodate you at any cost. In case of no positive response you need to look for other job.

You may try for legal remedy and but it would be time consuming process... depends on the terms and conditions mentioned in the offer letter.

Just keep moving this is not the end of your career!

Wish you all the best!!

From India, Madras
Dinesh Divekar

Dear member,

The organisation that selected you has shown a height of insensitivity. However, there is a silver lining to a black cloud. By ditching your candidature, they have demonstrated that they are a valueless organisation. Good riddance!

At this stage, the first task for you is to withdraw the letter of resignation. Do not disclose the reason for the withdrawal. Nevertheless, considering your weak position, your current organisation may bargain with you for the lock-in period of 1-2 years. You will have to accept it per force.

In case, if your current organisation declines your request for the withdrawal of the resignation, then you will have trouble at hand but even then also, submit an application to the MD of your company. Possibly, the MD may give a favourable decision.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Since the querist indicates the issue to be of US, the applicable laws in this regard have to be considered. They are significantly different from Indian laws with which only we are familiar. The US laws are more stringent and award compensation for breach of promise and the mental harassment caused thereby. This appears to be a good case to get compensation and surely there is a matter to be agitated in courts.
From India, Mumbai

It is very bad HR practice to withdraw a offer/ any commitment. But, as a candidate, you cannot move legally. Suppose that you join the organisation and in another few days or weeks, they find another candidate and you are asked to go 'without quoting any reason', you will have to go out. This is because, no notice is require to terminate a contract of employment when the employee is on probation. Obviously, you will be on probation for at least six months and the terms of offer shall contain a clause that " during probation, your services hall be terminated without notice and without 'assigning any reason' therefor". This is enough for an employer to terminate an employee.

Normally, a resignation submitted shall also be withdrawn before a replacement is made by the organisation. Therefore, you can withdraw the resignation placed before the present employer and continue working there.

From India, Kannur

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