If you are fully qualified, can acompany refuse to hiring you if a person within the company doesn’t like you?

UPDATED: Mar 1, 2011

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If you are fully qualified, can acompany refuse to hiring you if a person within the company doesn’t like you?

I worked for the company in the past and was outstanding but was let go over a miscommunication with the manager. The store is opening a new location and I want to work at it but was told I cannot work for the company as long as that manager is still working for them (at another store). Is this legal?

Asked on March 1, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Nevada


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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I'm afraid legally there really isn't much that can be done in this case.  The fact is that most employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  This means that you are free to work for an employer or not; and in turn an employer can hire or fire you for any reason or no reason, with or without notice.

If there is an employment contract, union agreement, or an employee handbook or other official policy that states otherwise, then you may have a valid claim.  Additionally, you may have a case if discrimination was a factor - in other wordsyou were terminated due to reasons of race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin, and in some states other like matters.  Merely having a general dislike of a person would not qualify. 

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