Can You Be Fired Over a Criminal Conviction?

If you’re like many people facing criminal charges, you’re wondering whether you can be fired over a criminal conviction. This guide explains.

Can Your Employer Fire You Over a Criminal Conviction?

In some cases, it is possible for your employer to fire you over a criminal conviction. For example, if you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to three years in prison, your employer isn’t required to hold your job for you when you get out. In a case like this, your employer can fire you so it can hire someone else.

But what if you’re not sentenced to jail or prison? Can your employer still fire you?

The short answer is yes.

The state of Illinois is an at-will state, which means you can quit your job at any time, without even giving a reason. It also means that your employer can fire you at any time without giving a reason. With that said, your employer can’t fire you for discriminatory reasons such as your age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. However, your employer is legally allowed fire you if you’re convicted of a crime.

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What to Do if You’re Charged With a Crime and Worried About Your Job

If you’re worried about your job because you’ve been accused of a crime, your best option may be getting in touch with a criminal defense attorney who can help you get the best possible outcome on your case. Although there’s no way to guarantee the way a judge will rule, it’s often beneficial for people to have a skilled, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in their corner.

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Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney?

If you’ve been accused of a crime, we may be able to help you – and don’t worry: It’s completely confidential. Call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to schedule your free, private consultation with an experienced and skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney now.

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