This past week a friend of mine who works at a nearby store took me in because she is going away for the summer and though that I could essentially replace her for that time (late may to end of august). I met her boss, we talked for about 2-3 minutes, and he basically offered me the job (not in a very formal way I guess, speech-wise, but he also doesn't seem to talk much). We shook hands on it, I thanked him, and before I left he asked me to fill out a W-4 and W-9, so I did, and then left. We left it open as to when exactly I would start, but I told him it wouldn't be before about the second or third week of march.
2 days later I saw a posting for a job that is much less of a commute (practically where I live) and has more flexible hours. After a brief interview and tour they offered me the job, which I immediately took (and then arranged my hours for the summer). Immediately after this I sent an apologetic and cordial email to the first job's boss saying that I was sorry but that I would not be working there this summer. He sent me this email back:
You have a legal agreement with [store name] to work here. The only way I can release you is for you to cooperate with [my friend who got me hired] to get a qualified person to fill up the position. Time is of essence
When I see this I immediately think that he is full of it and is being ridiculous. I'm not opposed to telling people who need work about the job, but what he says sounds like a bunch of crap. The only things I signed were the w-4 and w-9, which are tax forms, not contracts of any sort. So I have two questions:
1) Is there any possibility that me accepting the job when I talked to him (for max 5 minutes) was some sort of oral, binding contract?
2) How should I respond? (Though this really depends on #1's answer.)
All of this is in Massachusetts by the way. Thanks in advance!
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