Can a employer decline a dmv receipt as proof of identity and not hire you due to this?

I applied at Nordstrom in Los Angeles, CA and went through the interview process. I Got the job but while speaking to hr I told her I didn’t have my i.d and if she could accept my dmv receipt and she declined. She said it had to the be the physical card. She also said if I had gone to work and failed to have the documents she would’ve terminated me. Is this legal to select specific documents as proof?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 25, 2018 2:24 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Eliot Rushovich
To answer your question, Nordstrom is permitted under CA law to require that you produce the actual ID as opposed to a receipt - there is no law that prohibits Nordstrom from requiring specific documents or other information from you.

In general, employers in CA can decide whether to hire or fire you based on almost any reason, with limited exceptions (e.g., employers cannot refuse to hire you based on your membership in a protected category, because you are a whistleblower, or for some other prohibited reason).

Hopefully this answers your question!

posted by Eliot Rushovich  |  Sep 25, 2018 2:46 PM [EST]

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