Can I sue for breach of contract if I was offered a class to teachbut then the offer was rescinded for no reason?

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Can I sue for breach of contract if I was offered a class to teachbut then the offer was rescinded for no reason?

I agreed to teach 2 classes at a community college. They sent me a confirmation of this but then a couple of weeks later they rescinded the offer. They gave me no reason and won’t answer any of my questions. Can I sue for breach of contract?

Asked on January 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You may be able to sue for breach of contract. A contract is formed when there is an offer; the offer is accepted; and consideration is exchanged. Consideration is something of value, but it does not have to be a present thing of value--it can be promises to do something of value. If you promised to teach (pursuant to the offer) and they promised to pay you for teaching (i.e. it's not a volunteer job; you were getting a salary or wage), that exchange of promises could constitute consideration sufficient to bind the contract. From what you write, you may have  a cause of action; it would be worth your time to consult with an attorney to explore the situation in greater detail.

 

 


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