i was headed home from work when i spotted ahead lights on the opposite side of the street,i proceeded to go ahead forward when was asked to stop and what i was doing ... i said i was trying to get home and they said this is a crime scene... and i said well you should have closed up the street... they then looked back and saw the street wasnt barricaded and told me to pull over .. 30 minutes later a officer came and gave me a ticket ... went to court and found holes in their stories and still the judge sided with them... now my job downsized and closed out my shift as maintenance and terminated me.. that i filled out a application wal-mart and was denied because of this incident coming up as criminal misdemeanor. Am I Black-Balled now if Walmart can do this who else can?
Employers may consider criminal history when hiring, but an employer cannot have a blanket policy against hiring anyone with a criminal record. Rather, the nature of the crime must be related in some way to the nature of the job. For example, a day care center could reasonably decline to hire someone with a child abuse conviction. However, a DUI conviction shouldn't matter to an employer hiring a welder. It is difficult to see how the misdemeanor that you describe would cause Walmart concern about you working in a retail store. In recent years, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been taking a close look at companies' hiring practices with regard to criminal history. You may consider filing a charge with the EEOC's office in central Phoenix. One other suggestion -- don't fail to include your misdemeanor conviction on future job applications. Failing to disclose a conviction on an application (if asked) usually causes the employer not to hire, even if the underlying conviction would not have prevented hiring. Good luck.
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