Can an employer fire you after they hire you because of a background check?

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Can an employer fire you after they hire you because of a background check?

I was hired for a job and started the training immediately. I filled out my application, did a drug screen, and completed the training. I do have a criminal background which I disclosed during the application process. Can they fire me after I have already started working? I already filled out the i-9 form and am anxious to know if everything is going smooth or I will one day sooner or later be fired because they are not satisfied with what is on my background check.

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you do not have an employment contract which protects or guarantees your employment, you are an employee at will. As an employee at will, you may be fired at any time, for any reason, without notice or explanation, whether now or in the future. There is, unfortunately, no rights to a job, unless you have a contract; everyone without a contract is potentially vulnerable to being terminated at any time.


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