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What would you do with an employee who is charged with a felony?


In quick succession, New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez was suspected, investigated and charged with murder last week. But in the middle of that series of events, the team released him.

What would you do if one of your employees were charged with a felony? How important is the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” when it comes to your workforce?


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Our country's judicial system is based on "innocent until proven guilty", that's why lynch mobs are frowned upon. However, in the case of a particularly heinous or violent crime, or a crime involving embezzlement or large scale theft, then it should be reasonable to suspend an employee with pay or without pay, depending upon the individual circumstances. These options allow for the protection of the other employees, or the business itself, without punishing the accused before guilt has been proven. This parallels the issues/controversy over the death penalty. Or as William Blackstone said, "It is better that 10 guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer." Unfortunately, in this case, as in many, the evidence appears damning, and fairness is frequently supplanted by fear or anger.

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