posted on Dec, 26 2014 @ 04:27 PM
a reply to: onequestion
I agree it can be difficult for someone with a criminal record to get hired at some businesses. Government intervention to force employers to hire
someone regardless of their criminal history is not the answer. (Apply with the government and see how fast you get hired with a criminal history.)
I honestly don't know if there is an answer, unless someone seeks out employer's who will hire worker's with a criminal background.
When I retired, my criminal background had been checked each year for over 20 years. I decided to apply for a "retirement" job. I was hired, and
began learning the ropes at the bottom. After a few weeks, my new boss pulled me aside and told me he needed to run a background check on me. I had
assumed he already had, but he told me he liked to wait and see if new hires were going to stay around for a while or not.
I told him he was crazy, since I had already been interacting with the public in their homes, I had keys to the office and vehicles, and had access to
personal and very private information of his clients. He said he had never thought of that. Needless to say, he changed his hiring practices, and
even found out his wife had forgotten to do checks on 2 of his other employees. Turned out one of them was a sex offender, and had been visiting
clients homes where small children also resided. The guy was a good worker, and reliable.
When he had to fire that employee, he had looked at the original application, and found the man had not indicated he was a convicted felon, or a sex
offender. Because he didn't make it clear up front that a background check would be performed, the man said he hadn't indicated anything on his
application. Nothing had happened, thankfully, but had it, he would have lost his business. Some jobs can't be performed without a background
check, some can. I really wish there were more that were open for those that have a criminal background, but in our litigious society, there aren't
that many. Too much for business owners to risk.