Can I sue a company for not hiring me due to my financial history?

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Can I sue a company for not hiring me due to my financial history?

The background check was flawless; no criminal history of any kind. My credit check however is not good so I know this was the reason they didn’t hire me. They sent me notice of the adverse action. I disputed a couple things only to be told again that they would not offer me employment nor would they tell me the reason why so that I could maybe fix the problem and eventually be hired. The only response I got back was due to company policy there are unable to provide me the reason as to why I couldn’t be hired. First is this legal? Second would I have a case against them at all? Third is there any way I can get the information as to why they didn’t hire me in reference to that report?

Asked on January 4, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In the absence of an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, employment relationships are generally considered to be at-will. Accordingly, both the employer and employee are free to terminate the employment relationship at any time, without notice, and for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. Additionally, no form of actionable discrimination must be a factor in your treatment.

I suggest reviewing the employee handbook, if one was provided, for policies on hiring.


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