December 27, 2011 5:38 PM Subscribe
Can an employer "wrongfully hire" someone
posted by The Gooch (46 comments total)
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? Apparently so, at least in the State of Minnesota, where Chandramouli Vaidyanathan successfully sued
Seagate Technology to the tune of $1.9 million based on Minnesota's "False Statements as Inducement to Entering Employment"
statute, which makes it illegal "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".
Vaidyanathan claims he uprooted his family from Texas, where he worked for Texas Instruments, to Minnesota after being recruited by Seagate for a position that "did not actually exist, but (Seagate) falsely represented that it did so in order to use Vaidyanathan’s credentials to better market one of its divisions to be sold to another company" (and then laid him off 9 months later).