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Is it true that a person with a 26 year old felony cannot coach high school football?

Huntington Beach, CA |

I was denied employment with the Huntington Beach union high school district after running my background check due to something that i did as a teenager (robbery). Now I have coached college football at two state universities in Iowa and Utah for a total of seven years and have taken background checked in each. I also worked as a student advisor to boot. I had no problems until now. I also coached high school football for three years at two different high schools in Utah. With all of his said why is this affecting me now. I am 45 years old and thus happened 26 years ago. I am deeply sorry for what I did. I made a mistake as a teenager. I feel discriminated against. Please help

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Your post is basically a statement about why you believe the CA school district''s rue/standard/policy is wrong. That is unlikely to make any difference here. CA knows that its standards are tighter than some other states and is in fact prideful about that.

This is not unlawful discrimination. There is no law that requires the school to make employment decisions in disregard of felony criminal history.

Without knowing the details of the prior case, it is difficult to know whether you can qualify for sealing of your prior record, a Certificate of Rehabilitation, or any other post-conviction remedy. But it is unlikely that you can force the district to not apply its policy to your situation. Talk to a skilled and experienced California criminal defense attorney about your eligibility for any records-cleaning remedies. Then consult with an an employment attorney with significant public sector experience to determine whether there are any meaningful efforts that can be undertaken to avoid the application of the district's bar to persons with felony conviction.

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Unfortunately, school districts can make such rules regarding background checks. They can disqualify people for being found guilty of a felony at any point in their lives.

Good Luck!

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