Thank you so much for this opportunity to try and be of service to you today.
Wisdom...compassion..empathy. These are more than words for me. They are my promise to you.
I am a licensed attorney (member of the State Bar of Texas) and will do my best to provide you an honest and accurate answer to your important legal question.
QUESTION: "Can an employer after telling you you"re hired turn around 12 days later (when you were to start work) and tell you you're NOT hired? For no reason at all?"
ANSWER: First of all, please allow me to take a moment and say that I am genuinely sorry for all you have been through with this ordeal. I mean every word of that, and I deeply regret the obvious serious obstacles occasioned by this situation. Accordingly, I am pleased to share some good news with you. Here is how this works. You have a right to a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment as defined by law, which are both categories specifically protected by federal law. That means not only once hired, but in the applying and interviewing stages as well. I am not saying you are the victim of unlawful discrimination, but I can say the only way to know for certain where you stand is to take some action. In terms of doing so, the remedy prescribed by law is exclusive, meaning if you want to assert your rights and secure an authoritative and official determination as to your particular workplace, this is done through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Everything you need is provided here for free: Filing A Charge. You have six months from the last incident in which to file, meaning there is still plenty of time to act. As the investigation unfolds, you may receive what is called a "Right to Sue Letter". At that time, you would confer with legal counsel about filing civil litigation (lawsuit in Court). As to your first step, however, that would be to file your claim as soon as possible.
Truly, you do deserve appropriate and lawful treatment. I hope you see justice accomplished.
Please remember to rate my answer as "OK SERVICE", "GOOD SERVICE" or "EXCELLENT SERVICE. This is the only way I receive any credit for my efforts in trying to help you. If you feel the need to click either "Bad Service" or "Poor Service", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY button (not RELIST) with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. In rating my work, please realize that I am merely the messenger, meaning I do not write the laws and can only report them to you. Placing a BONUS is a nice way of expressing appreciation and will be most gratefully appreciated to allow me to continue helping customers!
Join thousands of satisfied customers by adding me to your bookmarks/favorites: LawInfoNow. Just type your future question in the text box to direct it to my personal attention.
Hello again,Thanks for writing back -- good to hear from you.
You are quite welcome -- my pleasure to be of some service!
I will be glad to comment further -- please see below.
Kindly just let me know if you are having any problem with submitting your favorable rating (acceptance) of my answer on the honor system. I would be glad to help out if so or ask our support team for assistance if needed. I mention this only because I have seen some confusion and the last thing I want is to see you encounter any frustration.
QUESTION: "My question is: Are companies allowed to play with one's life like this? Is there anything which binds them legally other than a written ,signed contract of employment? Is it correct to say that any employer has a right to change their mind and not hire someone after promising that applicant employment?"
ANSWER: Taking federal discrimination law off of the table, state law does indeed allow for a prospective employer to engage in every bit of conduct as you have described it. This is the application of the incredibly harsh and downright ugly "employment-at-will" legal doctrine. To put it plainly, absent discrimination and/or a written (must be written) employment contract), the law provides zero recourse. I would love to say otherwise, but I just respect you too much to do you the disservice of misleading you or providing false information, even when the means being the bearer of entirely correct although admittedly terribly sad and discouraging news. Neither you or I made this law, and very often I personally disagree with it, but nevertheless that is the truthful reality.
Take care and thanks again for choosing our service!Join thousands of satisfied customers by adding me to your bookmarks/favorites: LawInfoNow. Just type your future question in the text box to direct it to my personal attention.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).