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  • Not hired due to problem in the past.

    Yes, that isn't the most appealing title for a new thread, however it's all I can think of at the moment. To make this as short and digestible to the reader(s) as possible, here is my info-- In 2004-2005 I was charged with and convicted of a Class C Misdemeanor Assault charge. I was given probation for 3 years and released after 1 year due to good behavior and the court mandated counselor and probation officer deeming the incident was isolated and self-defense in nature. Since 2005 I have been denied quite a few jobs due to this charge, as the potential employers have told me so.

    So... I am wondering how long this charge will be on my record, and if there is any possible way to defend myself when I am denied a job because of such? I thank anyone in advance for taking the time to read and offer any advice.

    peace & chickenwings.

  • #2
    Your criminal record lasts forever. You can talk to an Attorney about options like expungement


    • #3
      what state you are in will determine how much, if any, weight a potential employer can put on a prior conviction.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


      • #4
        Well, I am in New York (Buffalo to be exact). I will have to contact the attorney I had then. From what I've gathered so far it's not looking good.


        • #5
          This is New York's laws on arrests & convictions re job applicants:

          arrests: It's unlawful to inquire about or act on arrest records not pending unless specifically required or permitted by statute. Inquiries regarding arrests are permissible for employment as a peace officer or a police officer or if required by other statute.

          convictions: No restriction on inquiries. Information about convictions may only be used to determine if there's a direct relationship between the offense and the job sought or an unreasonable risk of harm to the public.

          Arrest info (law) applies to employers with 4 or more employees & conviction info (law) applies to all public employers & private employers with 10 or more employees.
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