Is it legal for an employer to ask a retail store manager to go to other local retailers and ask for the unused but filled out job applications of those they didn’t hire?

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Is it legal for an employer to ask a retail store manager to go to other local retailers and ask for the unused but filled out job applications of those they didn’t hire?

Is it legal for an employer to ask a retail
store manager to go to other local
retailers and ask for the unused but
filled out job applications of those they
didn’t hire? I know those places can’t
provide that but is it illegal for my
employer to ask me to do that?

Asked on November 16, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

While rather unusual, yes an employer can ask an employee to do this. In fact, since most work relationships are "at will", a company can set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit. That is unless doing so violates the terms of a union agreement/employemnt contractor or are is some way discriminatory. Absent that, in this situation your options are to comply with your employer's request, refuse but risk termination, or quit.


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