Is it legal if my employer is starting a new team at work but instead of opening the position and giving everyone a chance to apply, he hand selected individuals without telling anyone else about it?

Asked on December 11, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Did such an action violate company policy, a union agreement or employment contract? Did your treatment constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination/retaliation? If not, then your employer was well within his lawful rights. The fact is that most employment arrangement are "at will". This mean that for the most part, an employer can get the terms and conditons of the workplace as it sees fit or deems appropriate.

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