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You are understandably frustrated by this, but unfortunately what you have described does not violate the law. In general, employers have no obligation to be fair when it comes to hiring. So, no law prohibits them from claiming a position is only available to existing employees, even if they later change their mind, and even if they were lying in the first place. You would have to prove that you were denied this position specifically BECAUSE of a legally protected trait, such as your race or religion. In that case, it would be actionable under our civil rights laws. Otherwise, though, this is a frustrating situation with no legal solution, I'm afraid to say.
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