Update: She spoke with the place, and the license is only for people that are traveling out into the suburbs or further away. They also try to place people working with students in their own neighborhoods, which is nice. So crisis averted. She's still going to get her license asap though so we can avoid this in the future.
Sorry I had to vent somewhere.
My friend has a master's in education, and has been trying to get a fulltime teaching position but they're hard to come by right now. She has worked the last few years as a paraprofessional working one on one with children who have autism and/or Down's. Unfortunately the pay is horrendous, in the 17,000/yr range. It really ground her down and depressed the living hell out of her, but she loves working with mentally handicapped kids, so she kept doing it.
She finally lands a job working with an educational consulting firm that contracts out to cities to work with children who have autism. So she gets to do what she loves, and she'll be making 35,000/yr. Not great, but double what she was making. I was with her when the woman called to offer her the job, and afterward she was in tears; she said it was one of the happiest days of her life. We live in a major metropolitan area, and she does not have a car, nor does she have her license. She specifically asked the woman on the phone if either of those issues were a problem, and the woman said a car/license was not required for this position.
So my friend gives notice at her other job that she won't be back in September. She gets an offer letter via email from the company, and it makes no mention her needing a license. This is 3 weeks ago. Her training was today, I don't hear from her all day, until this evening when she calls me sobbing. They handed her, and all the other new hires, an offer letter which specifically states that employees need to have a license, and asks for her license number. She didn't confront them about it yet, as she wanted to ask me for my advice on the situation. I'm assuming that it's just a mixup, but if not, is there ANY recourse for her? I heard the woman on the phone with my friend say she would not need a license or a car, I was sitting right next to her. I also read the offer letter that was sent via email, there is NO mention of needing a license or car in it, anywhere.
- Friend gets job offer.
- On first day of training employer changes job requirements. Bait & Switch?