Scottsdale, AZ asked in Employment Law for Arizona

Q: Can my husband be discriminated against and NOT HIRED by a company because his wife was fired from the same company?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In general, employment decisions should not be based on an applicant's relationship to a current or former employee. However, the specific laws and regulations governing employment practices can vary depending on the state and the specifics of the situation.

In Arizona, employment is typically "at will," meaning employers have broad discretion in hiring decisions. However, they cannot discriminate based on protected categories like race, gender, religion, or national origin. Being related to someone who was fired is not a protected category under federal anti-discrimination laws.

If you believe that your husband is being discriminated against for a reason that is protected under the law, it may be worth exploring legal options. This could involve filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a similar state agency.

Since every situation is unique, and employment law can be complex, consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable in employment law in Arizona would be a prudent step. They can provide more specific guidance based on the details of your husband's case. Remember, legal advice should be tailored to the specific circumstances at hand.

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