If I am being forced to pay for a background check because of a new policy at my job, doI have to pay?

The amount is $64.

Asked on December 7, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Utah


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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Do you have an employment or union contract that prohibits this? Is this action against company policy? Have you been singled out (i.e. discriminated against in some way) regarding the payment of this fee?  If your answer was, "No" to these questions, then unfortunately you must pay this fee, if at least you want to keep your job.

In most states (including UT) employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  What this means is that basically an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as they see fit.  In turn an employee can work for an employer or not, their choice. 

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