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Can we withdraw a job offer if candidate wants to negotiate?

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Q. We recently extended an offer of employment. However, after accepting the position, the candidate tried to renegotiate his salary and vacation benefits. Can we withdraw our offer of employment?

A. If you are dealing with an at-will employment situation, you generally can withdraw an offer of employment without incurring liability. If, however, you have entered into a specific contract of employment, or the employee has detrimentally relied upon your job offer (for example, quitting another job or moving to another state), you could face a breach of contract claim for withdrawing the offer after it was accepted.

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