My question involves defamation in the state of: MD
About six months ago, I put an application back in at a welding company where I had worked for several years when I was younger. I am a 32 year old female. About three weeks ago, they called and offered me a position. I went through the physicals and drug screening etc, and was just waiting for my background check to clear. The next Wednesday,they called me and verbally hired me. I was told to start the following Monday. The very next day, HR called back and said that due to something going on out in the plant, they couldn't bring anyone in right now. The next day, my aunt who works there as well, asked the plant manager what was going on and he stated that he couldn't hire me because something came up on my background check! I was furious. Not only was I not told this, but he should not be telling people that. So, I called HR and was assured that there was nothing on my background check but that they just couldn't hire right now. Then,a few days later, they hired and brought in six immigrant men and now they have a huge ad in the paper for welders! What is going on? If there is nothing on my background, why is the plant manager telling everyone that? And why was the job rescinded from me in the first place? Obviously, someone is not telling me the truth. I lost my unemployment because I was hired and therefore did not file my claim. This is a multi billion dollar company and I don't know where to start or what to do next, but I am humiliated and embarrassed by their actions against me, and by what the manager is telling my family that is not true. What can I do? Is this slander? Could this also be discrimination? Out of hundreds of employees, they have maybe five women working for them. If I have years of welding experience, and was verbally hired, can they rescind for no reason and then hire less qualified people? Do I have any rights here?