Applying for Jobs with a Criminal Record: Know Your Rights

Applying for Jobs with a Criminal Record: Know Your Rights

What To Do When Your Civil Rights Have Been Violated At Work

Michelle Garrett

When you head off to work each day, you likely do so with the intention of getting your job done and returning back to your house. You're cordial and kind and are careful to treat everyone well. Therefore, when you realize that your own civil rights have been trampled with, it can feel like the ultimate violation. It could be a co-worker who continually makes discriminatory remarks, or finding out that you've been left out of some business-related task or activity simply because of a physical feature. It's at this point that you need to take action. The following information outlines how you should proceed after experiencing a civil rights violation.

Documentation Is The Key

Claiming that someone has tampered with your civil rights is no laughing matter. There's a chance that the issue could proceed on for some time and draw attention to your place of business. There's also the risk that someone will lose their job. Because of this, you need to make sure that you have sufficient evidence to back up your claims. This will keep the matter from becoming one that is reduced to "he said, she said."

What this means is that you're going to want to work in stealth to get the evidence you need. Now, if a co-worker happens to send you emails that contain the damning information, it won't take as much work. However, you're more than likely going to have to use your own means to get the evidence you require. If that means creating a log where you write down every instance of discrimination the moment it happens or recording a public conversation that contains the evidence. Do what it takes to gather the documentation so you can be successful.

Hire A Civil Rights Attorney

No one will be able to help you navigate your case better than a civil rights attorney. After you explain the details of your claim to them, they can point out exactly where you were violated. You'll know that your fears have been substantiated and the attorney can then put into play the lawsuit which may be key to helping you obtain the outcome that you desire.

You deserve to work in a welcoming place of business where your differences are respected. If you think you've been the victim of a civil rights violation, don't wait another second. Implement these tips and start putting your plan into motion immediately.


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Applying for Jobs with a Criminal Record: Know Your Rights

I'll be up front: I have a criminal record. As someone who's spent lots--and lots--of time looking for a job in my life, I've gotten used to being up front with this fact. It's difficult to get hired with this on my record, and frankly, it never gets less scary to have to tell an interviewer about it. But that doesn't mean I'm unemployable. I'm a hard worker who can bring a lot to any company. And I also know what an employer needs to do for me. I know my rights. There's no federal law protecting me from discrimination due to my record, but there are plenty of state laws that make it a little easier for me. If you're looking for a job and you have a criminal record, read through this information. Protect yourself during a job search. Know your rights.