Misrepresentations, or omissions of essential information, made to convince you to accept or continue working a job, especially where accepting the job involved relocation.
The law carries severe penalties for those who make statements or representations, that were known to be untrue at the time, to convince another person to detrimentally alter his or her position.
This is different from a simple breach of contract claim. For example: if an employer promises you every weekend off from work and fully intends to keep that promise but later business needs require the employer to violate that promise by scheduling you to work weekends you have a claim for breach of contract due to accepting a job based on a promise that was not kept. The employer probably intended to keep the promise when it was made but wound up not doing so for other reasons.
By contrast, imagine your employer promised you a specific managerial job at the company on the condition that you relocate to work for the employer and upon moving you find out the job was already filled long before it was offered to you so you wind up working a lower position. Here you have a potential fraud claim because it appears the employer never intended to keep its promise at the time it was made.
Fraud claims have very specific requirements in terms of the details that have to be established and they carry the potential for substantial damage recoveries. Please contact me if you feel you have been the victim of fraud and want to discuss your legal options.