Can I be denied employment due to an ex-girlfriend working at the same company?

I was called for an interview and once they realised I used to work there, they retracted my interview and said I couldn’t work there because my ex girlfriend works there. I was there with her for 2 years before and got promoted twice proving it’s not professionalism.

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless this treatment violates the terms of a union agreement or constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (which it does not), then you have no rights here. The fact is that most employment relationships are "at will". This means that a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. This can include not having related people or people who have or had a personal relationship work together (in fact these type prohibitions are quite common)


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