What are my rights if Iwas fired from my job for having a criminal record?

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What are my rights if Iwas fired from my job for having a criminal record?

I worked for few months at this restaurant, then one day my manager called me over and told me that the owner found out I had a record. He told the manager to fired me. I never was asked for details or if I was ever convicted of a crime; it never asked in the application. Also, the manager told me that they never check for backgrounds. Is this discrimination?

Asked on March 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a person is terminable at will from employment so long as the termination is not based upon discrimination such as race, gender, sexual orientation and the like.

Having a criminal record can be a reason for you not to be hired in the future and possibly be terminated. I suggest that you consult with your local labor department if your termination by your employer for having a criminal record was improper. I suspect that what your employer did would not lend itself to a legal action by you.


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