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When a Background Check Reveals a Misdemeanor

Q: A close friend was laid off in January. She is an educated, smart, professional, high performer and team player who has climbed the corporate ladder. She has also been a battered wife for many years. In 1995, she had enough of the abuse and hit her husband with a briefcase. He decided to call the police on her and she now has a misdemeanor on her record. When she applies for an executive position and they do a background check, this “domestic assault” charge appears. Since it was her ex-husband, she cannot get it sealed or expunged. What advice do you have for her?

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Publish date: August 16, 2009