Recently hired and then fired after background check confirmed what I already disclosed during the hiring process.
Question Details: I was recently hired and told to report to a training location 4 hours away. I packed my bags and drove. Upon arrival I received a call from my boss saying that I was no longer able to be employed by this company because of my background check (which I disclosed during the hiring process). He said that it was HR's decision. So one minute after arrival I turned around a drove four hours back home. Can they fire me immediately after hiring me for things I already told them? Do I have any legal options?
I'd say you're entitled to 8 hours' pay for driving to the training and back. But that's probably all you can get.
Unless you had a written employment contract, you were an employee "at will." This means that the company did not need any reason at all, to fire you, and it doesn't sound like any of the few, limited exceptions to that have anything to do with your case. So yes, they can fire you, right after hiring you, because of something in your background check that you had told them about.
Unfortunately this is lawful conduct; there is no legal prohibition against this. (However you may be entitled to reimbursement for your driving time and related expenses.)
Most employment relationships are what is known as "at will". This means that the employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease in salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as they see fit. In turn, you can work for an employer, or not, your choice.
The only exceptions to the above would be if there is a stated school policy covering this, or there is a union/employment agreement that governs, or this situation has arisen due to some type of discrimination.