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Old 01-13-2016, 01:06 AM
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Trying to make a very long story short and concise. Last year I was accused of Plagiarism at my job, and given the choice to resign or fight the charge and then be fired. I was already hating the work environment for the past few years (although having excellent reviews) so I resigned. This was a civil service position where there was a bad work environment as evidenced by an approximately 50% turnover rate. Really don't want to get into more detail here, but the charge is not true although I had some sloppy record keeping, etc.

The management where I worked contacted the regulatory agency of the career I am in for our state, and accused me of the charge. Fortunately, my supervisor and I had notified them about a year ago when all this harassment started, and told them to expect something to go down. I have been in constant contact with the board and the staff investigators, and have been allowed to continue with my licensing (my accusers declined to provide proof). The license has just been issued and I am ready to start my job search. Right now I am working for my family business, I can explain the year gap but I don't know if I should come clean about the accusation. I am leaning towards coming clean with everything if I get a decent job offer. I am in a small state and though this story is not well known, I feel that someone could find out after an in-depth inquiry. Also I am a very honest person to a fault, and it would not sit well with me to just not tell someone. I have had a lawyer on retainer for a while, but did not see the point in legal action for a job I hated. So, what would you do??

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Old 01-13-2016, 01:41 AM
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No, I wouldn't tell unless specifically asked if it comes up in a background investigation. Think about it, why would an employer want to take on someone involved in a legal action against a former employer and one who at some point may lose their license (is this possible?) when they would have a pool of other candidates without such baggage? If you weren't convicted of anything, what is there to be "honest" about? An accusation?
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:03 AM
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Loss of the license based on this issue would not be a possibility. The investigators are fully aware of the circumstances and declined to pursue anything further. I guess I am just freaked out by the whole thing, and feel like there is a stain on my reputation.

This is not the corporate world, firms in my career field are very small, from 4 to 10 people is typical, and we all know each other in a smaller state. There also would not be a large pool of qualified candidates for a job, maybe 3 to 4 at the very most. No legal action will be initiated unless it is a defensive move. Thanks for your response.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:38 PM
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Unless it comes up in a background investigation, don't mention anything about it.
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