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Previous Criminal Acts

What is their relevance in employment decisions?

New York
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Key point: A prospective worker's previous criminal act may have occurred so long ago that it no longer is relevant in evaluating whether or not to use the worker.

• In a significant ruling, a New York appeals court ruled that a landlord was not liable for the sexual molestation of a minor by a caretaker that the landlord had hired. In 1955, a man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served a 5-year prison sentence. In 1964 he was hired as a caretaker by the owner of an apartment building. In 1967 a woman moved into the apartment building and soon became friends with the caretaker. In 1974 the woman gave birth to a girl. The caretaker served as the girl's godfather, and as the child grew he became a frequent presence in her life. The child's mother often left her daughter unattended with the caretaker. In 1987 it was discovered that the caretaker had been sexually molesting the ...

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  • November 1, 1994

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