A manufacturing manager position is posted, interviewed and hired. The job is offered outside the company to a previous employee that wishes to return. The offer is made and he takes 3 weeks to accept it. Once he accepted it a start date was established. However, suddenly a family emergency keeps him from starting so it will be delayed four weeks. The new start date arrives and now suddenly it will be another 4 weeks before he can start.
Is it legal for a company to keep extending the job offer 10 weeks after it was accepted? Seems very unfair to the other employees who were also up for the position yet looked over because of their decision to hire this person who for one reason or another is yet to arrive.