i am trying to figure out if i have grounds to fike a lawsuit with the EEOC for discrimination based on a prior felony charge

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i am trying to figure out if i have grounds to fike a lawsuit with the EEOC for discrimination based on a prior felony charge

I recently had an intervew with a
wholesale company, the interview went
extremely well was absolutely certain
that i would get the job. A few hrs after
the interview i recieved a voicmail from
the man who had interviewed me
stating that the owner would not allow
him to hire me because of my felonies.
And stated that if i didnt have them then
he would hire me right now. Doing a
little research i discovered that the
company has no blanket policy
regarding hiring persons with a record.
Everything i look up with the EEOC is
very vague in detail so just curious as
to whether or not i have grounds to file.
I still have the voicmail if that would
help you in any way.

Asked on February 11, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is legal to not hire someone due to a criminal record, and there is no need for there to be a blanket policy on this subject: it is legal for an employer to decide, on a case-by-case basis, to not hire someone due to their criminal past. So based on  what you write, you do not have grounds for legal action; under "employment at will" (which is the law of this country) it is legal to choose to not hire you for this reason.


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