Q: Can a company/organization offering a personal training/coaching credential barre me due to criminal allegations?
I was charged with a domestic violence charge in the state of PA. There is a newspaper article reporting the allegations. None of these allegations are true at all. I accepted and pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge in order to avoid more jail time to await a trial that would not go in my favor. I was in college at the time and bail was set at $75,000. Anyway, the company I was affiliated with and was seeking the credential from recently asked me to discontinue my affiliation with them without reason. I later discovered that it was because of these allegations and by association my charge as well. I see no bi-laws that would grant them legal right to exclude me especially considering that I willing to contribute to their cause. What can I do in this situation? I feel as though my equal opportunity rights have been violated. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
You will need to contact an attorney due to two considerations. In New York, there is a statute that deals with discrimination against people due to their criminal history. New York has a general maxim that your conviction in the past should not affect your opportunities for future advancement. This statute may provide you some relief.
In addition, if you have been conviction-free since that PA charge, you may want to pursue whether that conviction can be expunged from your record. Each state has a legal process for this.
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