Can my old employer ban me from the premises?

I worked at a local theatre for years, had a relationship with the general manager non-sexual and left on good terms, full 2 week notice, didn’t steal, cheat, lie, etc. The manager and I had a falling out post employment and I came back to watch a movie and I was told I was banned from entering the premises and was refused from service. Is that legal? I haven’t done anything wrong. I understand people being petty but didnt think it could reach this level. The worst part is I know people that work there that have stolen, are on drugs, and have cheated on said general manager and yet they are still welcome.

Asked on November 17, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, an former employer may do this. As a general rule, a business may decide who receives its services. That having been said, there are certain exceptions to this rule such as for places of public accomodation. They may not engage in any form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. give lesser treatment to a person due to ther race, religion, age, gender, disability, genfer or nationality). However, absent that, they are permitted to bar people for non-discriminatory reasons, such as for the reason that a person is an ex-employee.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, an former employer may do this. As a general rule, a business may decide who receives its services. That having been said, there are certain exceptions to this rule such as for places of public accomodation. They may not engage in any form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. give lesser treatment to a person due to ther race, religion, age, gender, disability, genfer or nationality). However, absent that, they are permitted to bar people for non-discriminatory reasons, such as for the reason that a person is an ex-employee.


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