Can an employer fire you for having a felony background when they hired you before doing the background check?

Asked on December 9, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, unfortunately, they can:
1) If you don't have an employment contract, you are an "employee at will" and may be fired at any time, for any reason whatsoever.
2) While certain groups are protected from being fired because they are members of that groups (like racial minorities), there is no protection for people with criminal records.

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