Ask a Law Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Your employer made a promise and there was consideration given by you for that promise, your staying until such an opportunity arose.
As such a contract existed and they broke.
Every employer must have a grievance procedure and I would put in a grievance demanding an explanation, advising the employer that they have breached this agreement and you will consider claiming constructive dismissal if you are not satisfied with their explanation.Constructive dismissal is where the employer breaks the contract allowing you to leave and claim unfair dismissal as a consequence of the breach.
Establishing any compensation might be difficult as what you actually lost was the opportunity to apply so there is no guarantee you would have succeeded as such whilst I would approach the situation in the way advised I would consider carefully before actually claiming constructive dismissal.
If there are any further points please reply I will be happy to respond.
Kindly either accept or rate my answer on the system so I get credit for my time.
The best course is to remain measured about the situation. Wait to see what they come back with before considering a formal grievance. Check whether your contract is governed by UK or EU law and if responses are slow in coming make them time sensitive by following up asking for a response within, say, 14 days on any issue failing which you will proceed to the next step in the absence of a response. This way you manage the process .