Will You Lose Your Job When Your Employer Discovers the DUI?


Are you feeling a little panic in the pit of your stomach about your job since being cited for a DUI? Depending on the requirements of your job, your reaction may be very appropriate. There are some careers which can come to a sudden end with an arrest or DUI conviction. Some which you may not even have thought about.


What Careers Carry Stiff Penalties for DUI?


Following are a few career fields which can be greatly impacted by receiving a DUI which may include termination from an existing job:


  • School Teachers – State Boards can revoke your teaching license for a DUI effectively ending your career.
  • Air Traffic Controllers – The FAA is very harsh and rapid in their response. Termination is a common outcome for controllers who are convicted of a DUI.
  • Health Care Providers – Doctors, nurses, therapists, and all other licensed health care providers can face possible loss of license and termination for a DUI.


Careers which you may have expected a DUI to end the career can include:


  • Truck Drivers
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Taxi Drivers
  • Chauffeurs
  • Bus Drivers


Anyone who is required to have a commercial or chauffeur’s license for their job is at severe risk of losing their job and potentially their driver’s license. Even if you do not lose your license, the company may immediately terminate your job to avoid paying higher costs on vehicle and liability insurance. If your DUI occurred during work hours and involved a company vehicle you can be almost certain your job will be terminated.


The Hidden Damages of a DUI on Your Career


You may be nodding your head in understanding about all of the above career areas, but consider these facts. Many people lose their jobs after a DUI not due to the actual charges but due to the repercussions of the DUI.


If you are no longer to make it to work consistently due to transportation issues, court appearances, and serving jail time, you could lose your job anyway. You can be certain your career is impacted when your employer learns of your DUI. Their level of trust will be decreased. Opportunities within the company which require the use of company vehicles may not be offered to you. The company may even choose to overlook advancing you into positions which require public contact feeling your DUI may have a negative impact on the company’s reputation.


Protecting Yourself from Being Wrongfully Terminated


There are many reasons you may lose your job due to a DUI, but there are cases where the termination is unjustified and may even violate state statutes, labor agreements, or your employment contract. If you are uncertain of your rights you should discuss your case with a DUI attorney in your area. They can advise you on local regulations. They will review the details of your case and can advise you on how to best protect your job during this difficult time.


Your job may be at risk, but with the right attitude, being proactive, and working to minimize damage you increase your chances of keeping your job.


By Richard Jacobs

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