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  1. #1
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    Jul 2007
    Houston, Texas

    Fired because of background check!

    I recently applied at a company here in Houston, Texas. Interviewed, was given an offer, and accepted it. I was asked to start working immediately so I did. I filled out all employment forms including a form giving permission to a background check. The only question about any criminal charges was "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" to which I answered no. I am currently going to court to fight a felony charge and a misdeameanor which showed up on the background check as "pending". After having been working there for a month I was asked to explain these charges which I did. I was then told that because those charges showed on my background check, regardless if they were pending or not, I could no longer work there. My question is . . . Is this legal??

  2. #2
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    Jul 2007
    Hello friend,
    I cannot answer your main question of legality, but I feel your pain..I am actually wainting on my background check to be cleared. Dont look good.. I think hiring you before the background check and then letting you go is wrong. Not very good practice. They hired you for you and what you brought to the company, not your past..I hope all goes well with you.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Thanks for the response and good luck with your job!

  4. #4
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    Jan 2001
    Is this legal??
    Yep, sure is. Other that protections afforded by the ADA, you can be fired for just about anything.

  5. #5
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    Jan 2006
    Il.(near StL, Mo.)
    I agree - it's legal. Tx. is an at-will employment state & you can be fired for any reason at any time except for reasons protected by law (ie age, sex, religion). Just as you could quit your job at any time for any reason.

    The only exception to the above might be if there is an employment contract or CBA to the contrary.


    Last edited by Betty; 07-15-2007 at 02:07 AM.
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