East Brady, PA asked in Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania

Q: Will a reason for firing show on a child abuse clearance

I live in pa and was fired for sexual harassment. I was never charged with a crime but I need to get child abuse clearances will my firing show ony check

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Pennsylvania, child abuse clearances are designed to reveal any history of child abuse allegations or convictions. These clearances focus specifically on your interactions with children and whether you have a history that could potentially put children at risk. They typically do not include employment history or the reasons for termination from a job unless it directly relates to an abuse or criminal case involving children.

Being fired for reasons unrelated to crimes against children, such as sexual harassment in a workplace context where it did not involve minors, is not something that generally appears on a child abuse clearance report. These reports are concerned with criminal convictions, child welfare records, and specific types of legal actions taken against individuals in relation to the welfare of children.

However, it's important to be aware that employers or organizations requiring the clearance might also conduct additional background checks or request more information regarding your employment history. If concerns arise during their vetting process, you may need to be prepared to address questions about past employment terminations. For clarity on what specific information will be disclosed in your clearance, you might consider consulting with a legal advisor or contacting the agency issuing the clearance in Pennsylvania.

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