Was hired and then told I would no longer be hired.

I was hired for a company, passed my drug test and background. I was told I had issues with points on my driving record. When I checked in with the hiring manager on Wednesday he said all was good and provided a start time for Monday. Friday comes along and I get an email saying I wouldn’t be able to be hired anymore. After I gave notice to both my jobs. I am no unemployed. Is this legal? They told me yes on Wednesday, now Friday, its a no.

Asked on June 9, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is completely legal, unfortunately: all employment in this country is "employment at will," unless you have a written employment contract for a defined period of time (e.g. a one-year contract) to the contrary). Without a contract, an employee at will may be terminanted at any time, for any reason, without notice, including only days after being hired. The effect on the employee is irrelevant. There is simply no right to a job without a contract, and you may be terminated right away.


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