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    Default Written, Signed Offer Rescinded

    My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Tennessee

    I was offered a job 3 weeks ago. I signed the letter and did the drug screening. The background check took 3 weeks.

    The background check cleared fine, but the employer rescinded the offer because they couldn't verify my Bachelor Degree (earned 10 years ago in a foreing country with very strict privacy laws).

    When I signed the forms for international disclosure I warned them that they wouldn't be able to verify the degree and that I had no way to provide them with proof other than getting on a plane and go fecth a copy of the degree.

    They still went thru with the whole process before rescinding the offer causing me to miss out on a couple of good opportunities...

    is this legal???

    The letter offer says "contingent on satisfactory references, background check and drug screening" all of which cleared with no problems...

    Can I sue them for damages? and is it worth it?

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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    "contingent on satisfactory references, background check and drug screening"

    Yes they can rescind the offer without incurring any legal problems. The arguement being that not being able to verify the degree does not meet the satisfactory references clause. It doesn't matter if you told them it would be hard, or impossible. The company has the right to inquire as the validity of the degree.

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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    Don't you have a copy of your degree?

    If not, why not?
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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    Quote Quoting phoenix76
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    Can I sue them for damages? and is it worth it?
    Nope.

    An offer letter is not an employment contract.

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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    Quote Quoting antrc170
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    "contingent on satisfactory references, background check and drug screening"

    Yes they can rescind the offer without incurring any legal problems. The arguement being that not being able to verify the degree does not meet the satisfactory references clause. It doesn't matter if you told them it would be hard, or impossible. The company has the right to inquire as the validity of the degree.
    The point of my question wasn't the fact that the company has the right to inquire about the validity of the degree. My question is about them wasting my time when they have been told they would not be able to do so. I had other offers I could have taken but was bind to this one

    Quote Quoting Dogmatique
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    Don't you have a copy of your degree?

    If not, why not?
    I have a copy of my degree somewhere in my father's house (across the Atlantic ocean).

    No clue where, I have not been back for quite a few years now. I guess I will have to ask him to locate it and send it to me.

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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    The fact that you told them about the issue doesn't matter The employer has the right to check your references. You wasted your own time by not having the proper documentation.

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    Default Re: Written Signed Offer Rescinded

    I'm truly curious as to which country this is which has such strict privacy laws as to make it impossible to verify a degree/education accomplishment....
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