I recently was involved in the termination process of an employee who out of spite brought to the attention of my employer that I had plead nolo contendre to a felony theft charge. I have worked for my employer for five years, my plea happened 6 years ago. I did not lie about my situation, in fact, the company did a background check on me when I was first hired, then again a year later when I became a supervisor. Now, human resources is investigating me and stating that the felony theft charge may be cause for terminating my employment... I am in the state of Louisiana and the company is based out of California.
You may have some protections under federal law (Title VII) if they take action against you due to your criminal record, but it is a fact sensitive assessment that would need to be made. Your best course of action would be to contact a local employment attorney and discuss the situation in further detail.
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