Can I Get Fired for a DUI?
By: Mary Ann Pekara
Driving under the influence of alcohol can have a terrible impact on an individual’s life that goes well beyond any arrest or conviction. Depending on your line of work and the laws in your state you may be fired if you're arrested or convicted of a DUI. In most states, a DUI on your record may prevent from getting a commercial driver's license or other types of jobs.
This is a broad overview of what you may expect at your job after a drunk driving arrest. For specific details on the job-loss consequences of a DUI arrest speak with a local DUI lawyer.
Depending on their position, federal employees can be fired for having a DUI conviction. There are some instances where even an arrest could be cause for firing a government worker. Since DUI laws vary around the country , workers employed in certain states may also be vulnerable to termination due to a DUI.
People who work in the private sector are not immune to termination for a DUI arrest or conviction. But there is often more hope to retain employment for workers in this category. State laws, the nature of the job and whether the arrest or conviction happened during an on-the-job incident are all factors that can be considered.
Union and Contracted Employees
Individuals who work in a union or under contract may have special protections in their bargaining unit agreement. In these circumstances, there could be certain actions that must be met before terminating an employee for a drunk driving incident. But this doesn’t mean that a union or contracted employee is immune to being fired.
If a company or organization does decide to fire an employee for any form of DUI, this person may also face a loss of unemployment benefits. It’s especially the case if the individual was driving drunk on company time, using a company vehicle or if the job requires a clean driving record. Each state has different laws when it comes to the denial of unemployment benefits.
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