Asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania

Q: In Pennsylvania how long does a company have to complete a background check? This would be after I had already started?

Worked at one business and quit after I got hired somewhere else. One month later I got a phone call from new employer stating they were letting me go due to background check a month later. Is this legal?

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Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Yes. Employment in Pennsylvania is "at-will" -- meaning you can quit whenever you like, and employers can fire you whenever *they* like. There's no legal requirement to conduct background checks on either prospective or current employees at all, much less any time limitation on when they're done. You could be let go because your employer doesn't like the color of your shirt on any given day. It's just the way it is. Best of luck to you.

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