Can my brother take any legal action against these people??

United States
November 18, 2008 1:47am CST
my brother has had the worst freaking luck job wise.. the last two years he has been laid off of like 5 jobs and there is just nothing here to work for.. anyways he thought he got this dream job of his that they said they would pay for him to go through truck driving school which is 3 weeks long and then he would have a job.. they were suppose to pay for his room too.. obviously he wasnt getting paid because of the free room and school.. well today was his first day and he had already spent sunday night at the room and his roommate never showed but he went to the first class and after the first class they announced for every one to go to the financing area.. well he told them he was hired and that they were going to pay for his school and apparently it was a scam.. so there he was already there and them demanding $4,000 for trucking school and he of course didnt have it because he has been out of work for a month from the last layoff.. so he had to go pay for the motel because that wasnt free either!! can he like get them into trouble for scamming him?? i mean what if he had QUIT a job for this job to find this out now?!?! i knew it was too good to be true but i really dont think my bro was stupid and some how got confused when he was told and double checked that everything was free because he barely had money for food etc while being there.. so he is back to square one.. again.. and im PISSED!! talk about being kicked when you are down!!
2 people like this
8 responses
• United States
18 Nov 08
man it sounds like your brother cant catch a break! absolutely report the company to the Better Business Bureau, thats what they are there for afterall. also...the BBB may very well be able to tell you whether or not he has any legal standings for a lawsuit. if they are unwilling to offer any advice, try your local public defenders...damn i cant remember what they are called..you know the place that offers free legal advice to the general public? good luck, and im squinting my face up with extra effort for your brother..its got to get better sooner or later!
1 person likes this
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 Nov 08
It's called Legal Aid here (free legal advice). I believe it's the same everywhere.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Nov 08
yeah i am gonna have to get a hold of him and get him to report these jerks!! i know he has the worst luck there is i think!! which a month ago i got really pissed off when some one told me that people are poor because they want to be after watching him constantly have crap like this happen..
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
20 Nov 08
Check with the attorney general of your state or the state in which it happened. They are the ones that take care of these types of people....did he have it in writing? If he had any agreement in writing they are in deep doo doo!
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Nov 08
i hope he has something so he can really get them on this.. he is always getting screwed over by jobs and it would be nice if a place didnt get away with it for once
@stiener (736)
• Singapore
19 Nov 08
I am not sure how the legislation is there to protect workers from these kind of employers. However, whenever there is a form of sponsorship, there should be contract that states the terms and condition for the sponsorship...did your brother put his signature on any papers? If you, you might want to scan through every bit of the details. Else...it is very difficult to prove your case...
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Nov 08
i couldnt get him on the phone today but i plan on grilling him and finding out every thing as soon as i can.. right now he is just hitting the road and trying to find work somewhere.. anywhere!
• United States
19 Nov 08
You should ask to see whatever paper work they gave your brother. There is a good chance he didn't read correctly.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Nov 08
yeah with his luck he read it all wrong
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
18 Nov 08
The best thing for him to do is contact a lawyer. Most lawyers will offer free consultation. If they don't feel that he has a case, they won't take it. In most lawsuits, attornies go pro bono(OK, I think I spelled that wrong. So much for working for a law firm for 20 years, lol). Have him check with an attorney to see if he has a case. If not, he's no worse off than he is now.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Nov 08
yeah i figure it cant hurt and if it can get some justice why not?? im so sick of people getting screwed over and never try to get it fixed
@oldboy46 (2133)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
He could have a claim but it would depend on several things I suspect. It certainly sounds illegal to me and he might have a case against the company or person but this infiormation could help him considerably. As he has no money he could not do it on his own but would need some organisation like you Better Business Bureau to take action on his behalf. Even if he does not have any of the information below, he should still talk to the Better Business Bureau but in the meantime maybe someone can do some subtle sleuthing to help things along. Does he know or can he find out if anyone else has been given the same story and found out they had been misled? Did anyone else who had the same offer actually do the course but pay for it themselves and then found the promised job was non-existant? Did anyone else who had the same offer actually do the course but pay for it themselves and then actually was given a job with the company? If there any link or connection between the company or person who offered him the deal and either the driving school or the motel? Does he have anything, preferably job and course offer conditions, in writing from the company or person who offered him the job? Who made the actual arrangements/booking for him to stay at the motel and do the driving course? By the sound of things life has not been kind to your brother, employment wise, for the past couple of years and no doubt right now he is rather demoralised because of what has happened. Good luck to your brother and hopefully it will work out well for him plus he gets a great genuine job very soon.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Nov 08
thanks.. i do know the school said that the trucking company has done it before.. i have no idea on the motel but im assuming since its not like we would get to pick where they pay for etc.. i have no idea if he has stuff in writing or not.. i need to get a hold of him and grill him and find out more info but our hours are as opposite as night and day
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Nov 08
I think that your brother should have called the police immediately as it sounds to me that he was being defrauded. Was he the only one? Or are there others, maybe one or two who did pay. If so, the company can still be caught in the act. Your bro should definitely tell the authorities. He has been deliberately misled and the motel charge, if it was all supposed to be free, must be a felony by the company. I hope that he kept written documentation of the whole thing because I am sure that helps too.
1 person likes this
• United States
19 Nov 08
i have no idea about if he has anything in writting but i know that the school told him up front that the job has told a lot of people it was free when it wasnt so they have to be doing it a lot.. i just hope my brother will do something such as sue if he can but he isnt a suing person but like i said what if he had given up a different job for this and then he would be screwed since there are no jobs out there since that one was fake
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Does he have anything in writing? If not, are there others like him who have had the same thing pulled on them? If so, then everyone who's been scammed can take this to court. You have to have some kind of proof to file a lawsuit and if enough people say they were told the same thing, even without it being written down, there is a very good chance that he will win that lawsuit. It's so horrible the way some people can lie to you while looking you right in the face! Unfortunately, it seems to be part of life these days. I wish your brother much luck!
• United States
19 Nov 08
well the school said that they have had that company do it before a lot so there has to be others.. i think i will do a search online and see if i can figure out what company it was.. i totally forgot to call him today and every time im up he is asleep lol.. you would think the trucking school would not deal with a place that continously gives them false leads