The consequences of a criminal conviction can start rolling in quickly, but the initial windfall may not begin to reveal the long-term damage.
Though Louisiana is one of 14 states to put regulations in place concerning how an employer can approach an applicant’s criminal history, you’re not free-and-clear when it comes to employment. They can take your conviction into account when it directly impacts the type of work you’ll be doing because acting otherwise could open them up to a negligent hiring lawsuit.
Felony convictions can come into play when they directly concern employment:
- Sexual misconduct: A charge of this nature may automatically rule you out for certain positions. Entities that include screening in their process generally do so as a precautionary measure to look after those in their care, like hiring for work in schools or administering a nursing license.
- Drug violations: Some doing the hiring will see a red flag in a criminal past, especially when repeat behavior puts their business in danger. Drug offenses can be approached with great caution by commercial trucking firms and manufacturing unions because of the dire consequences that may arise from workplace use.
- Violent crimes: Having a conviction of a violent nature can bar you from having a job in the area where you offended, but it can also have wider-reaching consequences. Public-facing duties and protective services may assume you’re a poor fit if your record doesn’t come up clean.
Make sure you know what you’re facing with a conviction. Knowing when your record can and can’t be used in hiring deliberations can go a long way toward forming a plan of action.