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Can I sue my current employer for refusing to pay me the hourly wage I was promised?

1 Answers. Asked on Jul 17th, 2017 on Labor and Employment - Tennessee
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I was working part time for some extra money and was offered a salary match to come work there full time. They also stated that they were working on a health insurance package. I turned in notice to my other job and just before I was to start full time but after my other position was filled I was told they would not honor the $12/hr. I never even got the 9/hr I was quoted for part time. I'm beyond stressed out over this as. I am financially destroyed and have no idea how I am suppose to pay my mortgage and eat only making $8.10/hr. This just cannot be right. I'm stuck with a worthless job until I can find something else. I didn't ask for the full time position it was offered to me.
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Answered on Jul 18th, 2017 at 7:40 AM

There is no wage law in Tennessee that addresses this situation. However, there may be a very good claim for detrimental reliance/promissory estoppel.  Consult with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible.

I am an experienced attorney focusing on employment law in North Carolina and Tennessee. This post/response is not meant to constitute legal advice.

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