My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Vermont
According to Title VII of the EEOC's Civil Rights ACT, at least as I understood it, an employer cannont deny people employment because of a criminal conviction unless there is a "business justification." The situation I am dealing with is a bit more complicated.
An employee (lets call her Jane) was hired almost a year ago to work for Company X. A year previous to her hire date, she was given a deferred sentence. When going through the interview process, Jane was honest and up front with Company X about her criminal history, and was hired anyway. Just a few days ago however, Company X fired Jane, stating that the personnel department had deemed her "unemployable" because of her criminal history. Her crime had nothing to do with Company X, was not a violent crime, and she is not a danger to herself or society.
Is it me, or does this sound like discrimination? And if it is infact discrimination what can Jane do about it, if anything? She wasn't denied employment because of her past, but she was fired after the fact.
Something seems off. What can she do?