Can I Sue My Employer For False Promises?
Can I Sue My Employer For False Promises?
A California employee can sue their employer for false promises. A false promise is/are misleading verbal statements for job applicants that are essentially a fraud claim. They can land an employer in court for negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent inducement, or other legal issues.
False promises from an employer or recruiter are statements the company and staff cannot follow through with.
A potential employee might hear:
- “You’ll get two big bonuses per year.”
- “If you work extra shifts, you’ll will get the next promotion we offer.”
- “If you work for us, you will be leading our biggest projects.”
- “If you take this job, you will probably make six figures by the end of the year.”
- “Don’t take a different job because we are going to promote you shortly.”
- “You will expand your territory and make better sales if you join our team.”
- “If you take this contractor role, and it will be full-time within the year.”
If an employee takes a job or stays in their current position and nothing changes, the employer probably made a false promise. Whether intentional or unintentional, if an employer promises an at will employee more money than they received, they might be able to file a valid claim or seek legal action for damages, false promises, fraudulent inducement of employment, employment contract issues, or other promises and legal reasons.
What is Fraudulent Inducement?
Fraudulent inducement is a type of legal claim often raised when a person has been tricked or defrauded into entering into a contract or transaction.
How to Sue for False Promises
Seeking legal recourse for false promises, or a fraudulent inducement claim, is when an employee (or prospective employee) experienced their employer lying about the employee’s job role or something about the workplace.
Making false promises goes against California Labor Code 1710, which discusses deceit.
“According to FindLaw, a deceit, within the meaning of the last section, is either:
1. The suggestion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who does not believe it to be true;
2. The assertion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who has no reasonable ground for believing it to be true;
3. The suppression of a fact, by one who is bound to disclose it, or who gives information of other facts which are likely to mislead for want of communication of that fact; or,
4. A promise, made without any intention of performing it.”
If an employee experiences a broken promise in the workplace after they signed an employment contract and the employer intentionally made false promises to secure their at will employment, the employee may want to speak with an employment lawyer to review their legal options.
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Your Job Isn’t What The Employer Promised: Is That Illegal? – FAQ
can you sue an employer for hiring under false pretenses?
If you were hired under false pretenses or convinced to stay at your job because of false promises – especially if you have evidence the employer knew the promises they made were false – you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against them for compensation. Lawsuits of this kind are based on fraud or misrepresentation. An employment law attorney will be able to advise on the best course of action.
can you sue a company for false hiring?
A lie in and of itself does not necessarily qualify for a lawsuit. However, if an employer has lied to you in the context of false promises to get you to accept or stay in a position, and the legal grounds are present, then yes, you should be able to sue them. Contact an experienced employment law attorney on the best way to do so.
can i sue my employer for setting me up to fail?
You may be able to sue your employer for false promises, which are misleading statements can land an employer in court for negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent inducement, or other legal issues.
your job isn’t what the employer promised: is that illegal?
California employees can file a lawsuit and take legal action against their employer for false statements, false promises, or false representation about an employment relationship. To make a false promise legal claim, consider reaching out to the false promises attorneys at Lawyers for Justice, PC.
can i sue my employer for lying?
If your California employer made false statements to convince you to take a job, or prevented you from leaving to pursue another employment agreement, you may be able to bring a fraudulent inducement lawsuit against them for the employer’s false promises to recoup the compensation for the harm you have suffered.