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denied job for background
Was given a start date and the morning of was informed that my criminal background check was bad. Couldn’t hire me. Asked what was in it, told they didn’t know. Called facility and was told I needed to ask the company. Contacted the company and was told facility would not disclose information and not to contact again. I was under the impression that if I was denied a job for background that the information had to be disclosed and I had a right to challenge the information.
Asked on June 26, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Alabama
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
You are incorrect, unfortunately. All employment is employment at will (unless you have an actual written employment to the contrary, guarantying you a job, or giving you certain rights to or at the job); this means, among other things, that an employer can refuse to hire you for any reason not specifically made illegal discrimination by the law (e.g. they can't refuse to hire someone because they don't want to hire a person because of his/her race, color, national origin, age 40 or over, disability, religion, or sex). This includes the right to not hire someone due to the results of his or her background check.
Moreover, there is no obligation to share the results of the check with the prospective employee, and there is no right to dispute or challenge the results of a background check or the decision to not employ you; under employment at will, you don't have any right to contest any decision to not employ you.
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