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? They're still hiring others for that job.
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Wrote to the site boss and spoke to the head of HR. The thing is ,after passing their qualifying tests(with flying colors, I might add) and being interviewed by one recruiter who was very satisfied with me and told me I was hired, another recruiter who felt I was "not a good fit" overrode the first recruiter after I had left, and I only found out on the set date when I came in to start training. The HR manager tried to cover for her recruiters by saying the first recruiter meant I was through
Hello,Thank you for your question, however, I will need a bit more information in order to assist you. Did you have a written and signed Employment Contract? Do you have any theories as to why you were not selected for employment? Thank you
continued..."...through to the next stage but no such thing was said to me. According to the HR manager, that 'next stage" would then determine if I would be given a second interview, after which it would be decided if I was hired. This is a low level (call center ) job and several recently hired employees I've talked to said they were NOT subjected to a second interview or any such thing. Once the recruiter who interviewed them said they were hired, they were hired. What is more, in the intervening 12 days before I showed up at the place of employment, nothing was communicated to me, even though they had/have my phone number, my e-mail address, and my residential address. Since I knew I had been hired, I called off my job search, rearranged my plans accordingly to suit the training start date, and even acquired some work-appropriate clothes. No, I was not given a written and signed contract; the recruiter just told me verbally that I had been hired and would be receiving a call. But the call never came. So I called, twice, and left voice messages, but got no call back. I then decided to go there in person, which is when I was given the bombshell. I wrote a full account of my experience in my letter to the site boss. So far,at least, no-one has denied any of things I stated. My theory is that the second recruiter had prevailed on the my interviewer not to hire me ,after the fact. Reason? When I first arrived at the reception desk, that second recruiter had insisted that I was not qualified for the job, because I am not "proficient" in typing. I told her that I had basic typing skills, and that the on-line ad for this job mentioned no such requirement i.e. for proficiency in typing . I was later to find out that this second recruiter deemed me " confrontational " and "too aggressive" because of this response , which was delivered in just a normal tone of voice, i.e. not disrespectfully. As it happened, my turn to be interviewed fell on a different recruiter, who ,as I said, was very satisfied with me. After my interviewer told me I was hired, I even mentioned to her the exchange at the reception desk and my fear that I would be disqualified
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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.
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Thanks for your compassion and empathy; that means a lot to me. I'm afraid I cannot charge discrimination though. I have no basis for that. And ,as you certainly know, discrimination is extremely hard to prove. Were you able to read my full statement? It seems this is just a matter of a very thin-skinned recruiter feeling offended because I dared to point out that what she was telling me did not match what I had read on the company's website. 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? The only evidence that exists in this case , if it still exists, is entirely in their control namely the computer tests I took (of 300 or so English ,Maths and other questions) and the interviewer's notes. Please see what you can come up with. Thank you very much.
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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.
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