Ex felons and bad credit in hiring

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by FIMCO-MEISTER, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    Not worth the risk. I would rather have a less than stellar employee than hard working felon. I think your clients would agree.
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  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,174

    What Les said. In hindsight, my last two employees should have been checked for priors, as well as drug issues. Those two dickheads almost ran me out of business. :hammerhead:
  3. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Im all for second chances, depending on the original circumstances... I used to manage a pizza joint, owner hired a person to be a delivery driver and assistant manager against my wishes. Found out that the person was a registered sex offender with 2 counts of indecent liberties on a minor. I really threw a fit when i found that out, but it didnt matter. The staff all knew his past, and most were younger females, so they were always on edge and so was I, not to mention having a registered offender for a delivery driver! And to really add insult to injury, that dude got me fired!

    On the other hand, I used to work at a golf course that hired on a person that got caught up with the law and was working on a form of work release, and he was a great employee to have around and last I knew he is still there.

    Like I said, depends on the circumstances...
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    Nothing like bumping a 2 and a half year old thread... Seems like only yesterday.
  5. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,629

    i would hire him, he will need a steady income very soon, i would wager.


    as far as delinquency, I cannot judge any other.
  6. patrick6411

    patrick6411 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I have a felon working for me. He does great work. In fact it’s hard for me to keep up with his pace at times. He is currently on parole and has been clean for the five years he has been out. This year he will be discharged off of parole. His parole officer has been out to the shop to check on the guy. They give him random drug tests; if he ever fails they say they will tell me. The guy has a wife, two kids and a dog. He is a great worker. Of course he is not a sex offender. I would never hire a sex offender. I will say the guy made a mistake at a very early adulthood. I believe in second chances in some cases.
  7. krzys555

    krzys555 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    i do believe in second chances but not when it comes to a clients property.
    we do drug tests and background checks.
    as a mechanic, or shop help i could possibly see a minor record but never a felony, thief, or sexual charges


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