If working for company in Massachusetts for 12 years then they find out criminal record from 1982 can I be fired

Level 2 sex offender . Can I be fired

Asked on June 5, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you lied on your employment application, that would grounds for termination. Additionally, the fact is that most employment is "at will". This means that a company can terminate a worker for any reason or no reason at all. Accordingly, unless firing you would violate the terms of a union agreemnt or employment contract, you discharge would be legal.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you don't have a written employment contract which is still in effect and which would prevent termination, then they can terminate you for this: without a written contract, you are an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason, including a long-ago criminal record.


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