Being arrested for drunk driving can be one of the scariest, most frustrating,
and most confusing situations of your life, especially if it is your first
time. After getting released from custody, you may be nervous about what
you are going to say to your boss.
But are you required to disclose any information regarding your DUI arrest
to your employer? Technically, there isn’t a Florida law which requires
you to do so.
However, there are several circumstances where you must tell your boss
about your DUI arrest.
Your Employment Contract Says So
Review your employment contract to determine if there is a policy that
says it is mandatory to inform your employer of any arrests, charges,
or convictions. If there is such a policy and you fail to disclose the
charge, your boss could ultimately fire you.
Driving is Part of Your Work Duties
If you have a commercial driver’s license or drive the company car,
a pending DUI charge can have an impact on your job duties. For instance,
your driver’s license could be temporarily revoked after an arrest,
which renders you unable to drive for your employer.
In addition, if your employer allows you to drive for the company—whether
they know or should’ve known about your DUI—and you are involved
in a collision, your employer may be held liable for any injuries and damages.
Your Employer Asks You Directly
If your boss happens to find out about the incident, lying is not in your
best interest. You must be honest about your charges but ask your employer
to avoid taking any action until the criminal justice process plays out.
Also, tell your employer to judge you based on your work history, rather
than a one-time incident.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Daytona Beach, FL,
request a free consultation with the
Law Offices of Robert Stepniak today.