What are the laws regarding working with sex offenders?

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What are the laws regarding working with sex offenders?

Is it legal to refuse to work next to them? How do I go about getting off his shift? Can they fire me for printing the page of his charges and posting them around the facility? I have children and will not work for him. How can they put someone who is a repeated offender since 1988 in an authority position? 

Asked on January 29, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

My research suggest that there are no federal or LA laws specifically directed at the employment of sex offenders.  The fact is that as long as they comply with whatever terms that have been imposed by their probation, etc, they are free to work wherever they like.  For example, as long as they don't work within a certain distance of a school or aren't employed in the adult film industry, etc, they have freedom in their choice of workplace.

As far as you are concerned, I'm afraid that you may not have too many rights/options here.  In most states employment relationships are what is known as "at will".  Therefore, an employer can hire or fire someone for any reason or no reason whatsoever, as well has increase/decrease salary/hours, promote/demote, and generally impose requirements as they see fit.  An employee in turn can work for an employer or not, their choice.  Exceptions would be if there is a stated company policy that does not prohibit an employee's actions, or there is a union/employment agreement that allows them, or the situation has arisen due to some type of discrimination (i.e., for reasons due to your race, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin). 

Bottom line, absent any of the foregoing exceptions, your employer's action do not violate the law.


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