Good afternoon and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I am very sorry to hear about this rescinded offer of employment and the problems for you it has caused.
Unfortunately, there is likely no basis for legal action. Employment in the state of New York is presumed "at will
" absent and express and unequivocal agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated at any time for virtually any non-discriminatory reason, regardless of whether the basis is fair or reasonable.
Thus, while it is certainly poor form to have backed out of this employment arrangement on the basis of the facts you have described, it would not be illegal to do so. Similarly, it would not have been illegal for him to fire you after your first day, or first week. Unless you had a guaranteed term of employment, you could be let go at any time--including before you actually start.
This is a fundamental principle of employment law
in the state of New York and for that matter all states but Montana. I am very sorry but there is likely nothing that can be done, despite the understandably frustrating and unfair impact that has had on you.
Please do not hesitate
to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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