LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—In these days where almost everyone is on the internet, more and more employers are using it to research job candidates.
Court records have always been public record but they're easier to look up because of the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access, also called CCAP.
Anyone can search for a person, but the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prevents employers from saying ‘Oh, that person has a conviction, I'm not going to hire them,' unless its directly related to their job.
"A cashier at the local grocery store was arrested for theft," Cheryl Gill, Partner, Johns, Flaherty and Collins said. "Theft is substantially related to the job of cashiering so that could be the basis on which an employer might make a decision."
Gill also recommends employers talk to employees about something they see in CCAP because not every person charged ends up with a conviction.
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