I have a certificate of relief. My arrest was in 2001. After finishing my sentence I completed inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment and finished parole with no violations. I was given a certificate of relief. I recently got a second chance to be a Nurse again by the OPD. I have been applying for nursing positions. I have experience, Excellent references, and all the requirements they ask for. I have been interviewed and Hired, told to start orientation, then called days later after they see on my application that I answered Yes I have been convicted of a felony, and then told that "there is a problem with your application" even after they have a copy of the certificate of relief. This happened 3 times. What can I legally Do ? I am being discriminated against for the past.
You are correct, certificates for relief don't really do much. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about it that I kkow of. Perhaps you should speak to an employment attorney to see if they know of anything you can do. Good luck.
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Your question is a good one, but the answer is that the Certificate of Relief is about all the court can do. I agree that you might want to post your question in the employment law section and perhaps seek out an employment attorney.
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A Certificate of Relief removes automatic bars to getting a professional license. There are laws dealing with discriminating against people with criminal records so I suggest that you speak with an employment lawyer.
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I suggest you read the brochure on this very topic published by the legal action center which can be found at: http://www.lac.org/doc_library/lac/publications/Criminal_Records_Employment_2013.pdf
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