Is it legal to be denied a job because of a 5 year old dismissed case?

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Is it legal to be denied a job because of a 5 year old dismissed case?

I applied for a job at Cabelas for the customer service desk. I have 6 years experience. I got an interview and was immediately offered the position. Next step was background check and drug test. I passed the drug trst, but an incident that happened over 5 years ago that I was never convicted of came up on my background check. I had been detained for domestic violence but the case was immediately dropped. It was a

misunderstanding and I was never convicted or prosecuted. Without a phone call, they sent me an email that stated that I was not what they were looking for and thanks for applying. When I called them, they wouldn’t tell me why I was refused the job, after signing papers and being

Asked on December 6, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, the law in this nation is "employment at will." Employment at will means, among other things, that you have no right to or guaranty of a job and may be denied a job (or fired after you have a job) for any reason not specifically prohibited by law--and there is no prohibition about refusing to employ you due to an old, dismissed case. This is unfair, but it is legal.

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