Any redress for a verbal offer that never came through, despite being given comp figures & background check? Severance?
In May 2018, I received a verbal offer for a corporate strategy role with a publicly traded tech company. It has a valuation of around 40 billion. They gave me a verbal offer, conducted a background check, gave me the hard compensation numbers which I negotiated, to which they came back with slightly higher numbers, but never followed through with a written offer. I received this verbal offer in May 2018 and have been strung along for months. When we finalized the numbers, the recruiter said the letter would be coming the second week in June, but that never happened.
I don't have a criminal record nor do I need visa sponsorship. So, they're entirely to blame.There is nothing on my end holding things up.
At this point I have moved on. The last time I spoke to the recruiter was October. He keeps on stating the offer letter is mired in bureaucracy. But I suspect there are some sort of budget cuts or something. I don’t know why they won’t just state outright that the role has been eliminated. At this point I’m under no illusion that the written offer will come through. That being said, I’m wondering if there is any recourse. For example, might I have a claim for severance? I know the concept of promissory estoppel may come into play.... There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on this issue.