Re: Legal Advice Needed- Employment/Contractual Law
Steel, whatever suggestions I give you should be confirmed by an actual attorney (I'm a law student) in the state where you live.
Remind me where you live, Pennsylvania?
First of all, theoretically if this were a valid employment contract, it wouldn't matter that you're in an at-will state. The Boston Red Sox play in an at-will state, but if Big Papi decided to play baseball for the St. Paul Saints, a court would say that he waived his at-will rights by knowingly contracting around them.
A letter of intent is not a contract, but in some states, a signed letter of intent IN CONJUNCTION WITH other factors can convert it into a valid contract. For example, if the missing portions of the deal (e.g. term of employment) was worked out verbally AND the company suffered detrimental reliance that a reasonable employer would have suffered (e.g. buying her a whole bunch of computer equipment, etc.) then under Colorado law, Company A might be entitled to remuneration.
I'm assuming that your wife isn't a world class entertainer or athlete or heart surgeon or something so unique that it's literally impossible to find a replacement for her? In such cases the law might be a little different.
The most important two things she can do now is to not send any inflammatory emails in response. Even though it looks like the law is on your side, she doesn't want to jeopardize her position if things ever get into a he-said/she-said battle, by making herself look like a snarky witch. The second is to get recommendations of a trustworthy attorney who will be competent enough to draft a motion to dismiss (and perhaps motion for attorney's fees, depending on your jurisdiction), in case they actually have the balls to sue you.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids