Rescind employment offer

I applied for a job was hired on the spot then
I got an email for drug test and background
check. It said it wouldn’t be used against me.
So I admitted my record which is 17 years old.
No trouble since. Then I got an email that they
rescind the offer. What’s the point of me
admitting and it saying it would not be used
against me. They sent it from a generated email
so I couldn’t even respond

Asked on August 16, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The problem is, it is legal to refuse to hire, to rescind a job offer, or to fire an already-hired employee due to a criminal record: unlike protections for race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age 40 or over, or disability, there is no protection for a criminal record. Their statement that it would not be used against you is not enforceable unless it was contained in an actual written contract. So based on what ou write, there is nothing you can do, unfortunately.

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