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What to do when your employer lied to you to get you to take a job.

If you relied on your employer’s representations and either moved somewhere within Minnesota to take the job – or moved from out of the state to Minnesota to take the job – and the employer’s representations were false, then you’ve got a potential lawsuit against the company for fraudulent inducement: false statements as inducement to entering employment.

Basically, Minnesota law protects employees who rely on statements made by an employer to get them to take a job.  If you relied on promises made by a potential employer, and then moved your life around to take the job, the employer doesn’t get to break their word without compensating you for damages.

The statute is Minn. Stat. Sec. 181.64: False Statements as Inducement to Entering Employment:

It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, company, corporation, association, or organization of any kind, doing business in this state, directly or through any agent or attorney, to induce, influence, persuade, or engage any person to change from one place to another in this state, or to change from any place in any state, territory, or country to any place in this state, to work in any branch of labor through or by means of knowingly false representations, whether spoken, written, or advertised in printed form, concerning the kind or character of such work, the compensation therefor, the sanitary conditions relating to or surrounding it, or failure to state in any advertisement, proposal, or contract for the employment that there is a strike or lockout at the place of the proposed employment, when in fact such strike or lockout then actually exists in such employment at such place. Any such unlawful acts shall be deemed a false advertisement or misrepresentation for the purposes of this section and section 181.65.

Contact our Minneapolis Employment Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation.

If you left your old job and moved to take a new job only to have your employer change the terms or conditions of the new job (like pay, duties, responsibilities, position, or location), call us today for a free consultation.  You don’t have to be a victim.  The law allows you to get compensation, including lost wages, emotional distress, and attorney fees and costs.

The process for a free consultation with our employment lawyers is pretty simple. First, call our firm. You’ll talk to a clerk for about 5-10 minutes. They’ll get some basic information about you and your case.

About 3 or 4 hours later, you’ll get a call from us. If you’ve got a case that’s a little outside our wheelhouse, then we’ll will call you and give you a referral for an attorney that we think is better suited to handle your case. Our number one goal is to make sure you get the best representation possible for your particular matter – if that’s not us, we’ll tell you immediately and get you to someone else that we trust.

If we think that we can help you, then someone will call you and set an appointment for you to talk to one of our employment lawyers. We’ll call you at time that works for you and discuss your case and give you our honest assessment of its strengths, weaknesses, and value. We’ll then set a time where you can come to our office and meet your employment lawyer personally – at that time, we’ll discuss your case in more detail, sign a contingency fee retainer agreement, and talk about the process of moving forward with your case.

When you come in to meet your employment lawyer, please bring all relevant documents that you want us to look at, including: pay-stubs personnel file (if you have it) employment handbook (if you have it) any letters from your employer, including your termination letter any text messages or emails that you think are important and any other documents that you think might be helpful.