Is it illegal for an employer to deny me an interview.

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Is it illegal for an employer to deny me an interview.

I was set to go in for an interview at my brothers work place. My
brothers supervisor and production manager had set me up to go in for
a walk through and interview, but when they told the site manager who
i was, he told them to cancel it. My brother tells me it is an act of
discrimination towards me. There is no policy in place where they can
refuse to hire family members of the employees, in fact my brother has
told me that most of the employees are related. Is there anything i
can do about this.

Asked on November 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Rhode Island

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, this is not illegal. That is unless your denial had to do with some form of legally actionable discrimination. In other words, was it due to your race, religion, disability, age (over 40), etc.? If not, then while seemingly unfair, this company has done nothing wrong. There is no protected right to work at a sibling's place of employment. Therefore, unless there is a union agreement to the contrary, this business has the right to set the conditions of employment much as it sees fit.


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