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When criminal records are at issue, prepare to explain rationale for firing or not hiring

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Employees who lose a job often don’t believe the discharge reason their employer provides. They look for some apparent underlying illegal discrimination and sue.

Smart employers are ready to explain the entire discharge process from beginning to end.

They also know they may get tripped up if they fire someone for a reason that didn’t warrant firing another employee. That’s why they constantly think through similar past situations and are ready to explain why one employee deserved discharge when another did not.

Recent case: Lavotte had been convicted of felony retail theft in a Pennsylvania state court after swiping $18,000 worth of merchandise from a jewelry store. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution. He never finished paying the money.

When Lavotte, who is a Muslim, interviewed for a job as a debt collector, he wore a keffiyeh and thobe to two separate interviews. A keffiy...(register to read more)

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