Can I get any monetary compensation for working a job that is not

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Can I get any monetary compensation for working a job that is not

A staffing agency for substitute teaching mixed-up positions. The terms of the job explained to me in writing included a significant pay increase and benefits after 31 days. After 36 days and no change, I find out that they made a mistake. During this process, my partner and I were applying for a mortgage. Due to this mistake, I had to be taken off the mortgage and we had to come up with $7000 extra to pay off debt in order to qualify under my partner alone. I also left another full-time job to take this one and then quit my part-time job around the 31 days because my pay was supposed to increase. I don’t know what to do or even if I can do anything.

Asked on November 30, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you had an actual written employment contract for a defined or definite period of time (e.g. a one-year contract) and the employer is violating it in some way, you could sue to enforce the terms of the contract (e.g. get any raise or benefits to which the contract entitles you). 
However, if it is not an actual written employment contract, you are an employee at will and an employee at will has no rights to a given job or duties or pay or benefits: the employer may determine, set, change, alter, etc. all aspects of an employee at will's job whenever the employment wants. So without a contract, your job, your pay, your benefits, etc. are whatever the employer wants them to be.
Because an employee at will has no rights to a job and may be fired at any time, even the day they show up at work, that you left another job is unfotunarely irrelevant; not having a guaranty of a certain job or pay, you cannot sue or get compensation if you don't get it.

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