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Should A 40-Year-Old Shoplifting Charge Cost You Your Job? [Poll]

Yolanda Quesada

In today’s job market, you have to be more careful than ever with regard to your past, errors on your resume and even your online and social network activity. I have a friend here in Evansville who recently lost his job because of a photo he had on his wall on Facebook that showed him drinking. What about past a minor past indiscretion like shoplifting, how should that affect your job years later?

Take the case of Yolanda Quesada, someone I’m sure you have never heard of. Quesada was recently fired from her job at Wells Fargo after five years of service. Quesada was a model employee who had received numerous pins and certificates for her great work so, why was she fired?

Turns out, Wells Fargo received an FBI background check on Quesada that revealed an arrest in 1972 for shoplifting just after graduating from high school, an arrest Wells Fargo was previously unaware of.

Wells Fargo claims they were doing updated background checks on all existing mortgage unit employees because of new legal requirements. The bank said, “We are bound by federal law that generally prohibits us from hiring or continuing the employment of any person who we know has a criminal record involving dishonesty or breach of trust.”

Quesada says it was a stupid teenage mistake from 40 years ago and wants her job back because firing herĀ for that is ridiculous. Is she right? Obviously, having a record of repeated theft, violent crime or just a long criminal past should have an impact on your life and maybe whether or not you can hold down certain jobs.

This was a one-time misdemeanor mistake from decades past that does not accurately reflect the person Quesada eventually became and the asset she appesred to be for Wells Fargo.

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