June 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm #32049
So, as some of you know, I knew early last week that a job I applied for (and really, really wanted) was doing a background check and reference checks. So here’s what happened:
Last Friday: Got a job offer, asked about policies regarding associating with felons (Its with a PD, so I knew they’d have a policy), told they didn’t know and would check.
Monday: Told there is a policy and they didn’t know if they could still offer the job, but would get back to me.
Tuesday afternoon: Hadn’t heard back, so called. Told they had everything they needed but no decision yet.
Tuesday afternoon (one hour later): They called me, said they had an update and wanted to set up a meeting with the supervisor of the position and the unit commander.
Today: Meeting with sup and commander. They almost gave me a heart attack, but ultimately… I GOT THE JOB! Yay
Now, I haven’t talked to my husband since Sunday because if you can’t say anything nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all.June 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm #32050
Yay!!! I´m so happy for you about the job!June 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm #32052
Yay! Congratulations!!!!June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm #32053
AWESOME!!June 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm #32056
That’s great! God you had me so worried. Happy to read in the end you got the job!June 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm #32057
Besides, there is a law in Wisc that says you can’t discriminate against someone b/c of their conviction record – unless the offense is substantially related to the circumstances of a particular job. Many states have similar laws, including Illinois. … I would tend to think that an employee’s SPOUSE’s conviction per se could not be substantially related to the particular job, given he would NOT be the one doing the job. … But I haven’t looked into that, obviously. But when I was reading your post, I was worried it ended up with you NOT getting the job, and my mind immediately thought of this law.June 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm #32059
And Ap Thanks for posting that, I too was curious what the laws would be and what policies would Honeybee have to deal with.June 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm #32061
I’m sure there are exceptions (nay, I know there are exceptions to the rule)… But I can’t think of an exception that would allow an employer to discriminate based on an employee’s SPOUSE’s conviction… But, again, there are exceptions for everything. And I haven’t looked at the Wisc statute but it could apply only to private employers. And I know honeybee works for the state. (If I recall correctly.) So who knows.
But, if you or otherw would like to know: in many states like Illinois, it is generally UNLAWFUL to base employment decisions on arrests. Period. And if it’s a conviction, it must relate to the job duties. … *But* that doesn’t mean you can’t terminate (or otherwise adversely affect employment) because of the conduct underlying the arrest (if you know it to be true through other means) – you simply can’t base decisions on the FACT of the arrest. …. I’m out of here. I *have* to go meet friends at the pritzker pavilion for a wine and a free concert under the stars…. Toodles.June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm #32065
Yay honeybee! I’ve been wondering about whether you’d hear about the job ever since you posted about the background check! And obviously I wondered if your husband’s history would get in the way…and if it did, whether I was going to have to bust some heads.
Congratulations! Are you going to bring in the “I QUIT” cake?June 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm #32067
That’s so awesome honeybee! Congrats!June 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm #32068
congratulations!June 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm #32069
That’s wonderful!!! Congrats!!!!June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm #32072
Thanks everyone And Addie… I was fully prepared to file an equal rights complaint. I’ve done it before (when I lost my job at the halfway house after he was convicted). There are certain situations where it could be a conflict of interest. For example, I couldn’t be a prison guard in a prison he would be in because that would be an obvious conflict of interest. But they were really great and understanding about it. I look forward to it and I even get to take a few days off between jobs.June 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm #32073
Oooo I forgot about the I QUIT cake! I should run to the store and get one.
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