I'm pretty sure I don't have any legal redress. I'm a production manager / lean manufacturing engineer. I was taken on to help implement a big change program as I'd successfully done it before. Got offered the job on the spot before the interview had even finished they were that keen to have me. Did a good sell job on me as well.
Once I got there things started to go pear shaped immediately. Just little things at first, went in for a day before I started, unpaid, got no lunch or even there's a sandwich shop around the corner. My induction program collapsed fairly quickly and I was supposed to review each week with my boss on the Friday. Happened once out of the five times it was scheduled.
It was over two months before I was officially slotted into the management structure, they kept putting it back. Really went down hill from there. Next to no face to face communication, meetings regularly postponed and then cancelled. Management by blunt email in the main.
I won't name the company but to suffice to say it was a large multi national people won't have heard of. I think lucky escape may be a good way of looking at it. Down side is I thought I'd dodged a bullet, was made redundant 6 months ago after 7.5 years with my previous employer, walked into this job before I'd even finished my old one.
Learnt a valuable lesson for the future though and won't be taking things in good faith so readily.