Kate Beattie Offers Guidance for Employers Rescinding Job Offers in Response to Economic Downturn

15 February 2023 Bloomberg Law News

Foley & Lardner LLP Partner Kate Beattie is quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, “Employers Rescinding Job Offer Must Document or Risk Bias Claims,” discussing the necessity of careful action to avoid legal and reputational consequences for employers considering the revocation of employment offers in response to inflation and other economic headwinds.

Beattie explained that certain companies have paid severance to those whose job offers they rescinded. While employers are under no legal obligation to offer this compensation, it may provide financial support to candidates who took on significant out-of-pocket moving costs after accepting an offer, for example.

“An employer can always provide a settlement agreement or monetary compensation in exchange for the release of claims from the individual,” Beattie said.

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