Topic: Would you hire someone who had stable work history, great references, and a felony* from 25 years ago?

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Just a general question:
With the shortage of good maintenance guys, would you hire someone who had stable work history, great references, and a felony* from 25 years ago? We wouldn’t hesitate to hire him, we look back about 5-7 years, but I wondered how far back other companies check.

*It was a drug charge back when he was a kid.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Beth Zinsky Green's Avatar
Beth Zinsky Green
I would totally hire him
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Alesha Renee Butters
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Alesha Renee Butters
Yes! It's a shame that getting a felony basically ruins your entire life. So many people make mistakes!
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Lisa Gefroh's Avatar
Lisa Gefroh
Yes
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Demetria Holt's Avatar
Demetria Holt
Absolutely!!!
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Michael Crain
100%. I hired some fresh out of prison once and he was one of the best hires I ever had.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Jonathan Cheville
Hell yeah
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Ana Bennett
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Ana Bennett
Yep, some of my best contractors have been felons. Their trying to get their lives back and the system makes it hard
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Michael Baldwin's Avatar
Michael Baldwin
Well. I guess you have you answer. Oh. Me? Yes.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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John Sigman
Wouldn't hire a rapist, murderer (would have a small gap for forgiveness depending on circumstances) or child molester. Off the top of my head, those are the only three deal breaker felonies. A little grand theft, hijacking, embezzlement and drug dealing can be forgiven.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Michael Allen Taylor
HIRE!
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Shady Morales
Absolutely
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Mike Smith's Avatar Topic Author
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***By the way, this is a former employee. They were with us for 8 years, but their property sold and we didn't have a place to move them. I won't name the company that won't look past his background from 25 years ago.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Mag Guarino
If he (or she) has positive work history since, I’d hire them.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Karen Kennedy Haze's Avatar
Karen Kennedy Haze
and passes a drug test 
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Kathy Houseman's Avatar
Kathy Houseman
I would too.Did his time and came out better
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
Lori Fall's Avatar
Lori Fall
Absolutely hire him!!
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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David McKenna
Always look at the individual I had a maintenance tech that was a great kid and good work ethic, when the property went into receivership and given to new management company. They had a severe list of things that people needed to be hired, This young man was worth the change in protocol he applied to another company and I wrote a letter of recommendation and he got the job and has been promoted to a maintenance supervisor.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Lori Segura
Would totally consider him. We only go back 7 years as well. If there isnt anything else in 25 years, chances are it was just a stupid mistake and nothing that should be held against them forever.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Sherle Brown
No hesitation
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Maria Johnson
Hire him. Without work keeping him busy he'd likely fall back into the pit of Hell. Good self-esteem and a good work ethic keeps people out of trouble. We all deserve second chances.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Kelly Johnson
I once hired a guy with a murder conviction from labor ready. One of the best employees I ever had
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Anonymous
Shortage or not I’d give him a chance. There’s a reason recidivism is high... and it’s not because once you paid your debt to society you get a second chance.
I think we’ve all committed felonies at some point in our lives. I have many times over. I was lucky enough to not get caught and moved on to a better life. Not bragging, but I’m the best, hardest working snd most polite person I ever met. It would be a damn shame if I never had the opportunity to improve every property I’ve ever worked at because of a past mistake.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Hasmukh Shah
Yes. In a heartbeat. We participate in restorative justice where we have given ex felons apts. vehicles and money advances to buy tools. The state of Virginia gives them a liability insurance policy. All on deferred pay. Before u participate in restorative justice, please meet up with PO and the employment councilor to follow some strict rules and policies. We have had couple go onto start successful businesses and some end back in
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Michelle Ross
Yes if everything else checked out absolutely.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Christopher Brandon King
He would have the cleanest record of most contractors we have used.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Anonymous
25 years ago? Hmmm it all depends but probably yes unless he or she is a registered sex offender and had to deal with kids. nope no hire.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Kendra Hyden Roberts
To protect your company from being sued for negligence should an employee with a record do something, you should go back 10 years for misdemeanors and 20 years for felonies.
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Elaine Rizzo
Yes...25 years ago...I would have not hired my own self..people change
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Jera Moran
Absolutely would consider based on experience!
Posted 11 months 1 week ago
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Why is this even a question? Of course you should.
Posted 11 months 3 days ago
Janet Ogata's Avatar
Janet Ogata
I recently did hire someone. The person was paranoid about security cameras on our properties.
Posted 11 months 3 days ago
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Brenda Boyd
In a heart beat.... 
Posted 11 months 3 days ago
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Richard Donnell
Given the caliber of the work force out here, a man that comes to work everyday is priceless. If a guy can keep his cellphone in his pocket I'll hire him.
Posted 11 months 3 days ago
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Lynett Smith
Hello, 

Yes, I would hire this person. It was a drug charge 25 years ago. People change and being stable for 25 years is a good indication that the lesson was learned. 
Posted 11 months 2 days ago