I work as a consultant in a specialized field. I was working for a big company, a leader in the industry, but due to internal conflicts, pretty much all the consultants resigned and went to a different company.
I was one of the last to resign, and shortly after doing so was aggressively recruited by one of the big 4 accounting/consulting firms. They were trying to grow their business for the industry I work in, made a very appealing offer, made it sound like they had plenty of work coming in, etc. I agreed to a one year contract with a sign on bonus.
It turns out everything they had said was false. Not only did they not have any work coming in, resorting to assigning essentially busywork that didn't require special skills to get some moneys worth, but there were no people on my team/in my division with technical expertise. This was quite jarring coming from a company that was an industry leader where everybody had expert knowledge.
11 months in, I realized I didn't want to stay and that there was no chance for things to improve. i was assigned to a one month project, and gave my notice of resignation just over 3 weeks in advanced. I was doing this to be courteous and thought it was the 'nice' thing to do.
They did not take it well, and essentially fired me. They said I was not fired, as they "moved up the date of my resignation". I understand I may potentially be able to sue and have a case for their violating the one year contract I and the company agreed to, and for missed wages
I would like to know if I have a basis for further damages than that. I was not yet a citizen when this happened, and I was too scared to go on unemployment in case it affected my chances at citizenship. I became quite depressed and had trouble finding work, and also feel that almost a yer working for this company who was unable to provide me with the work I had built my career on, harmed my career.
Do I have a basis for suing based on false claims that were made before I joined, damage done to my career, emotional distress/damages or anything similar?