Can a vice president of a publicly traded firm create a job for a friend?

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Can a vice president of a publicly traded firm create a job for a friend?

Can this vice president re-hire a terminated employee who is their friend? Can they post jobs outside of the company first without notifying any internal employees? Can they force you to participate in any activity not related to your job? Does a 500 Fortune Company have to post employment and labor laws?

Asked on June 15, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

There are NO laws about who a company may hire (other than laws banning certain forms of discrimination, such as against a race, religion, sex, etc.). A company may rehire terminated employees, hire a manager's friend, hire without offering existing employees the opportunity, etc.; they may also ask an employee to do things not connected ostensiby to the job (so long as the employee is paid for doing so), etc. There are many things which may be unfair, or even immoral or unethical, but which are not illegal, and employers have near total discretion in hiring and in defining employee duties.

(Note: if there is a collective bargaining or union agreement covering the position in question, that may be a different issue--union contracts and their terms are enforceable.)

There are certain laws and regulations which must be posted by all companies, regardless of size--you can find these from your state and federal departments of labor.


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