Do I have retaliation? I left a job to take another position. The new company hired me two weeks prior to my quit date from my old job. The new company sent a letter stating the hire date, with the letter stating contigent on the reviewing process. They hired me in and didnot like the fact that my old employer would not give out any info, company policy, and that I did not list short term employment. They let me go because of those items in my review. Do I have any recourse on this.

2 answers  |  asked Mar 12, 2002 2:13 PM [EST]  |  applies to Wisconsin

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John Uelmen

Generally you have no recourse for an adverse employment decision unless you can show the decision was due to an illegal reason, i.e., because of your age, race, sex, disability, etc. To constitute illegal "retalition" you would have to show that you were fired (or not hired) because you engaged in protected conduct (i.e., made a discrimination complaint, filed a claim, etc.) Assuming that you did not have an employment contract with your new employer, there is nothing illegal about an employer firing you or revoking an employment offer because he or she could not obtain a reference.

posted by John Uelmen  |  Mar 12, 2002 3:04 PM [EST]
John Uelmen

posted by John Uelmen  |  Mar 12, 2002 2:57 PM [EST]

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