Can I turn down an employment offer letter once I have accepted it?

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Can I turn down an employment offer letter once I have accepted it?

I have signed an offer letter from a potential employer and I have changed my mind. Can back out of the employment?

Asked on November 20, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In essence, you signed a contract--an offer of employment was extended to you, which you accepted, forming a contract. You *could* turn down the employment in the sense that you can't be made to work for them...but you could potentially be sued by the employer, if your breach of this contract caused them to incur some loss or costs. For example, say that they stopped  trying to recruit because you took the job--if you now turn it down, and they find themselves unable to perform some work or contract due to be shorthanded, it's possible you could face liabiltity for that. Or, very likely--if they paid a recruiter fee once you signed the offer letter, they could now look to recover that fee from you.

So you could turn down the job, but you have to prepared that there may be consequences for doing so.


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