Originally Posted by FIMCO-MEISTER
Interesting debate. I'm certainly in the everybody deserves a second chance category but I also believe an employer has a right to not hire as well.
Have you ever hired somebody with a criminal record?
One of the more insidious situations is the 18 year old senior and the 15 year old freshman. If her parents file charges and he gets convicted he will be listed on sex offender lists for the rest of his life. In most states a girl is not allowed to have consensual sex until 17.
Would you hire a kid in this situation knowing he is on sex offender lists?
I would be careful to check the real facts related to the conviction. I do a lot of Prison (and I mean state maximum security, not county) work as a volunteer. Usually the public record will only show what the DA and the defense negotiated but there could be a list of original charges as long as your arm.
People make mistakes and deserve a second chance, true but be careful with sex offenders since you will enter into an arena with a publicly endesirable employee. Check his parole limitations, this is very important call & talk to his parole officer. Some may not have ANY contact with ANY minor or be within a certain distance of them. Do you do residential? Are near a playground? They may (and usually do) have travel limitations, do you work out of the county?
All that said, I have hired sex offendors; only after having personally known them while still in prison for several years. Have observed life changing behaviors and received input from their classification officers. All of this would be true for any ex-offendor you would consider hiring.