Many big names have been in the news for less than proper reasons. Some celebraties, some politicians, some CEO's and the one thing they have in common is that they were tried and/or convicted of felonies. Some even spent some jail time to atone for their actions. However, upon their return to their respective workplaces they are for the most part re-welcomed back into their given society. Even the football player who is currently in jail for dog fights and animal cruelty is negotiating his contract to return to the field while he is in prison.
But what about the Jane Doe or Joe Schmoe? What happens to them when they receive a felony on their record? Can they just jump back into the workplace as if nothing has happened? I tell you from experience that no they can not.
You see, I have been unemployed for a few years now and that unemployment came about as a result of a bad choice and a vindictive person (or two). Ergo, at this moment I have a felony on my record. Hopefully within the next few months it will be removed and/or brought down to a misdemeanor, but in the meantime there it sits.
My resume is pretty impressive, if I do say so my self. I have 10 years experience as an Office Manager/Administrative Secretary and 10+ years as a Retail Manager. However, even at the Holiday Season I couldn't get hired by Target as a cart wrangler. I have managed a multi-million dollar retail store, but can't be trusted to bring in carts from the parking lot.
I have registered with every temp agency within a 50 mile radius and at more than 1 scored if not perfect then the highest score they have had. And yet, I can not be represented or placed because of my record. My record of work experience be damned.
I had an offer from an online retail company to become a buyer, but when I disclosed the felony the offer was rescinded.
Is this discrimination?
Should anyone ask the circumstances regarding the felony before passing judgement?
Should my side of the story be heard?
Do you know the repeat offender rate in not only the state of California but the country? In California our prison system is meant to hold approximately 83,000 and is holding 170.000. It has been esxtimated that 57% are repeat offenders and have been sentenced under the Third Strike Law. I will admit I voted for that law. I do however, look at it a little differently.
I have the grace of a fabulous support system in my sisters that has kept me and my family afloat during this trying time. Some of these others do not. I am fortunate enough to live with a sister who understands (mostly) the dire straits I am in and realizes (usually) that I am trying to pull rabbits (and rent money) out of my ass as best I can. But not everyone is as fortunate as I. And I am not as fortunate as some of those mentioned previously.
It truly is a display of life's "unfairness", that some can skip scot free and some will pay a heavy price.
Thank you great grandpa!!
7 years ago