Do I have any legal recourse against my former employer if they blocked me from working for my current employer?

I was hired by a company that was doing contract work for a former employer I worked for for many years and was part of a company wide lay off several years ago. My background check came back with no issues. I had good references from the former employer and managers that I worked with. Everything looked good and was hired. The former employer refused to allow me access to their network or materials stating a security risk. This left my current employer no choice but to let me go. The former employer gave no reason or explanation to me or my current employer.

Asked on April 3, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have an legal recourse against them. There is no legal duty or obligation on  them to give a former employee access to their network or materials: they are allowed to refuse to do this for any reason whatsoever. Since they had the legal right to do this, their is no liability or recourse: you can't take action against people for doing what they were legally allowed to do.


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