Is It Illegal for a job not to hire you after you sign the hiring papers and passed the drug test?

I recently applied for a job at 84 Lumber. The man said I met the qualifications and reluctantly offered me a position. He called me in to sign papers (about being hired) and he gave me a paper to take a drug test which I passed. For days he claimed he hasn't received the drug test and led me on day by day. After getting the results, he told me "Oh, something came up, we got in a transfer so the position is full"... Is that LEGAL? What should I do? Am I legally entitled to ask for copies of the hiring papers I signed?

Asked By: - 10/1/2009
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In most all US states you are considered an "at will" employee. That means you can be let go at any time, for little or no reason. Unfortunately what the employer did was legal. But you can certainly ask for a copy of the papers.
Answered By: Clarissa - 10/1/2009
Additional Answers (7)
No. Ask for the papers. Yes but I expect they have gone to the shredder already, what would you have done?
Answered By: Andrew - 10/1/2009
In the USA, workers have very few rights. Employers can do as they please.
Answered By: Dude - 10/1/2009
Yes, it is legal. If you actually worked, you're entitled to be paid for those hours. Otherwise, you have no "legal entitlement."
Answered By: jlf - 10/1/2009
No. What they did is perfectly legal. My humble apologies for your situation. I've been in similar ones. By law, you should be able to get copies of the hiring papers bearing your signature.
Answered By: lawrenceba549 - 10/1/2009
Of course it is legal. Your hiring is a free arrangement you both would come to. If you signed a contract, they may be in violation of it, but probably not. Especially a company like a chain will have mature contract language that gives them an out pretty much whenever they like (subject to exceptions as negotiated... More
Answered By: Entropy - 10/1/2009
You didn't get a copy for yourself? First rule of law: Always get a copy of what you signed. Now they can say there are no such papers. Even filing a lawsuit and using discovery will likely turn up no such papers... More
Answered By: demos_jones - 10/1/2009
I assume that you mean W-4 and so forth when you say "hiring papers" and not an employment contract. In which case, it's low down but completely legal for them to not hire you... More
Answered By: Jombi - 10/1/2009
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