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Unread 07-09-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Default Hiring Felons In Las Vegas

I am considering moving to Las Vegas, and have a decent amount of experience, including 7 years in hotels(mostly restaurant and banquet server/bartending), including a little over a year recently at Tropicana Casino in Laughlin. I also have some experience in entertainment as a review writer and in public relations. Personally, I feel qualified to do well in the town, especially since I can start out with some pretty low expectations, as long as I can pull in at least $1,500 a month, I can wait for a better server/bartender/barback position to open up.

Now, here's the skinny: I have a record. In Arizona, I was convicted of felony criminal damage of up to $500 in 2002, and in 2008 felony sexual indecency, for being a drunken ass in public. Both of them are the lowest level felony you can get(as anyone from Arizona knows, everything is a felony here. They even have felony aggravated jaywalking!).

Anyway, seriously, what can I expect? Is it worth it to even bother trying? Will I be stuck in a really crappy job? Or can it be relatively easy to get a decent, preferably culinary union server/bartender gig as long as I have time on my side with a crappy job? Would I be better off with something in entertainment, with my media experience? I can go on forever with the questions, so I'll stop there. Thank you all very much.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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what can I expect?
You already know . . a LOT of scrutiny from prospective employers with recidivism concerns and the potential liability consequences.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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Depends on whether or not you need to be registered with the NGCB
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Unread 07-10-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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I probably will not have to register, as like I said, I have worked for a Nevada casino before with no problem. As I understand it, registering with the gaming board is not necessary for restaurant positions. I understand there is recedivism concerns, however like I said, my previous charges are not exactly ones that typically you have to worry about. It is not a drug, violence, theft or sex crime, and not one typically thought of as one that would be recurring.

I guess what I am trying to get at is what are the chances of being hired in the restaurant capacity at a casino or restaurant with such a record? I already know I can get whatever certifications I need, even a sheriffs card if need be.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Got a question. I'm a felon looking to move to vegas because i can't find a job where i live.(cincinnati, ohio) Hell Mcdonalds won't even hire me! What is a sheriffs card and why would i need one?
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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If it's related to gaming( dealers, floorman) you will need one.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Got a question. I'm a felon looking to move to vegas because i can't find a job where i live.(cincinnati, ohio) Hell Mcdonalds won't even hire me! What is a sheriffs card and why would i need one?
We have people with degrees, and no criminal record, and they can not find any work. You will have absolutely NO chance getting a job here right now. I would stay where you are at.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Still, what is a sheriffs card?
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Unread 11-30-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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90% of jobs require a sheriffs card.. it does a background check to see if you have felonies or misdemeanors... felony = no card = no job
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Unread 11-30-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Nevada gaming registration is not required for bar backing, bartending or serving. You don’t need a Sheriffs card either. Now if you can clear the perspective employers background check is another story.
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