I have absconded from a reputed company after 7 working days before signing any offer letter. What could be the consequences?

2018-07-17 14:47:18

I joined a reputed company in India, and worked there for 7 days. They did not provide me any offer/appointment/joining letter until that time. I haven't signed any document stating the notice period policy.

I absconded from the company after sending them a decent email from my personal mail, without serving the notice period. They replied to my mail with the due amount of notice period salary. They do not have a probation period.

I don't expect any wages or documents from that company since I have no need to put in on my employment record.

I believe the company should not take any legal action, and their mail is just an empty threat, since I haven't signed any letter with the notice period clause.

Is there any chance of legal action against me, and what can I do to prevent it?

Anyone can sue anyone for any reason. However, it makes no practical sense for them to "recover" an amount worth two or three months of your salary by pursuing legal action, which wil

  • Anyone can sue anyone for any reason. However, it makes no practical sense for them to "recover" an amount worth two or three months of your salary by pursuing legal action, which will carry on for ages and likely cost them hundred times more in legal and court fees.

    Additionally, in your case, you have not signed any document which proves your employment or that you agreed to pay anything, so the court will most likely throw out their case in the first hearing.

    Their email is not an empty threat but a scam. They are just hoping to make a quick buck by threatening you. Don't respond further and forget about them.

    2018-07-17 15:35:10
  • This being in India, not exactly an employee-friendly country, with many stories of vengeful behaviour, it is not unlikely that you would get sued. And the fact that you worked for seven days means that you accepted an employment contract. If these terms are usual for employment contracts, then it isn’t unlikely that you would lose.

    (Difference to U.K.: The company would say “Good riddance” and not sue, even if they could. And the implicit contract means the company has to pay for seven days of work.)

    2018-07-17 16:39:16