I'm a certified veterinary technician with a felony drug manufacture charge. I was sentenced to 2 years probation and released early after 9 months. I have been told by potential employers in the veterinary field it's illegal for me to even work on premises where illegal drugs are on site. I would like to find out if there's any validity in this or if it's an easy way to discriminate against me.
There are very strict regulations regarding controlled substances and who is permitted to work with and around them. You would need to consult with someone knowledgeable regarding the Colorado and applicable federal laws and regulations to determine if you are in fact prohibited from working on the premises. However, be aware that even if this explanation is incorrect or a misunderstanding of the drug enforcement laws by these veterinary clinics, they are lawfully permitted to consider your felony drug conviction against you in the employment process if it potentially relates to an aspect of your desired job. For example, a bank or retail store would not want someone with a theft conviction working with money, and they are legally permitted to refuse to hire someone on that basis. However, if you believe you are being discriminated against, you should consult with an employment law/discrimination law attorney.
This is not intended as individual legal advice and there is no attorney client relationship established by this answer. It is advisable that you seek individualized legal assistance. This is not a substitute for hiring an attorney.
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