If Companies Hire Convicted Felons, There Could be Consequences

By Michael Klazema on 1/31/2012

A fast food restaurant known as the Flying Biscuit Café is under fire right now for hiring a convicted felon. The restaurant hired convicted felon Mark Anthony Cox. Cox was a relatively new hire when he attacked and murdered a pregnant restaurant manager. He then robbed the restaurant and fled. Cox had served time for robbery and breaking and entering. He was released from prison in November, 2011 and began working at the fast food restaurant 2 weeks after his release. The restaurant did not perform a background check on Cox before he was hired, so they were unaware of his arrest and conviction.

Since the Flying Biscuit Café did not check the background of their employee, they are getting much of the blame for this murder. Though it is not illegal for companies to hire felons, it is illegal for a convicted felon to work in a location that serves alcohol. Since the Flying Biscuit Café serves alcohol, the Alcohol Law Enforcement department is considering action.

The Flying Biscuit Café could have possibly prevented this entire ordeal had they used a background check company like The company could have used one of their products, like Single State OneSEARCH to get information on Cox before they chose to hire him. Had they found out about the conviction, legally they would not have been able to bring him on board due to the fact that they sell alcohol.

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