Can a retail establishment not hire someone for a misdemeanor sex with minor 16 or older conviction from 9 years ago?

The charge was sex with minor 16 or older she was 17. He is not a registered sex offender – served a 3 month jail sentence and 3 years of probation with no issue and has no restrictions. The violation date was 7/2007 and actual conviction was 1/2008.

Asked on March 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In WI, an employer may only refuse to hire a qualified applicant due to a conviction for an offense that is substantially related to the circumstances of a particular job. This is true even if the crime is an upsetting one may but has nothing to do with whether it is substantially related to a particular job. here is a link to a site that will explain further:

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