Is it legal for someone to get fired for their criminal background?

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Is it legal for someone to get fired for their criminal background?

I worked for about 5 months and I never lied
about my background and my manager told me
no worries im fine but then 5 months later i was
told do to my backgrkund I can no longer work
there

Asked on August 11, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you do not have a written employment contract guarantying your employment or protecting you from being fired for this reason, you are an "employee at will" and may be terminated at any time, for any reason whatsoever--including being terminated due to a criminal background. Unfortunately, without a contract, this is legal.


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