What are my rights if I was hired and given a start date but later fired due to my credit report?

I was hired about 1 month ago and was supposed to start work 3 weeks ago; the start date was postponed 3 times. My employers kept me in the dark and gave me all the assurances and excuses that they had some glitches in their system that they needed to correct. I was told last week that my new start date and the third of course was going to be in 34 days. Today, they sent me an E-mail that they were no longer extending employment to me because of my

credit report. Do I have any recourse against them? They made me spend close to $75 to process pre-employment documents and also put my life on hold for 3 good weeks.

Asked on May 19, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that there is no legal right to employment. Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that an employer can set the terms and conditions of empolyment much as it sees for or deems necessary. This includes who to hire and why (subject to certain limitations regarding discrimination and the like). Therefore, unless the rescinding of your job offer violated the terms of a union contract or other legal agreement, it was perfectly permissable under the law.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't have any recourse, unfortunately. In the absence of a written employment contract, all employment is "employment at will." This means, among other things, that is completely up to employees whether to hire someone; when to start them if they are hired; whether to go through with or rescind a job offer; whether, why, and when to terminate someone; etc.  There is, simply, no right to employment. Therefore, there is no recourse for not getting a job or for being fired due to a credit credit.

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