Q: Hi. I am a 25-year-old man and worked so hard to earn a bachelor's degree in Electronics and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering. I was happy working for a good company. But lost my job because I made the biggest mistake of my life.
As a registered sex offender, I will be on probation for 5 years. What possibility do I have to work again in my career? And where? What are my alternatives? Any information will be really appreciated. Thank you.
Paul - Folsom, CA
A: In most states, employers are forced to walk a delicate line between their obligation to provide a safe workplace for employees - and the legal ramifications if they fail to do so -and their obligation to refrain from considering an employee's criminal history, except as it relates to suitability for employment.
Negligent hiring refers to the hiring of individuals who the employer knew, or should have known, were unfit for hiring. Negligent retention refers to existing employees who the employer learns are unfit for continued employment.
Unfortunately, most companies don't want to run the risk of being sued for negligent hiring so you will want to stay away from occupations that deal directly with people such as nursing or teaching.
Sex offenders are most likely to get hired in the following industries:
Warehousing, Construction, Building Trades, Animal Shelters, Janitorial Services, Automotive Services, Assembly/Manufacturing and Trucking
Another option to consider is self-employment or consulting in your field of engineering, where you can work from home and do not have to be at the workplace full-time.
The following resources might be helpful:
Employment Resources for the Sex Offender: http://www.sexoffenderresource.com/employment/
Job Assistance for the Sex Offender