Knowingly associating with sex offenders?

I just found out I belong to an organization that has registered sex offenders as members. I am a teacher. Can I be fired for associating/having associated with them?

Posted  09-09-2013

Steve Duggan replies:

There’s not enough information here to provide a specific response to your situation.  Generally, however, any possible termination would involve an assessment of whether such association was “knowing.”  Most teachers are public employees with certain rights to due process before a termination, and many are also union members with rights to a grievance/arbitration process.  If this is a big organization, such as a national organization where you aren’t actually associating personally with the sex offenders, then I would guess that it should be OK.  If smaller and there is personal association and will need to continue to be to remain a member of the group, then you should consult with your HR professional or consult with a local attorney.

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About the Author:

Steve Duggan graduated from the Law School at the University of Notre Dame while on active duty in the Air Force. He has extensive experience representing management litigating cases of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment. Steve also has experience in all phases of administrative litigation of unfair labor practice charges, and class and individual complaints of employment discrimination. He has been an instructor of seminars for supervisors and managers on labor management relations and other personnel issues, and for lawyers in basic and advanced trial advocacy courses. Steve came on board with Fair Measures in 1998.