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Criminal Record and Discrimination from TV Show

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Brad Rogers, 25 July 2014.

  1. Brad Rogers

    Brad Rogers New Member

    23 July 2014
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    I've been trying for years to get on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. I've been to jail albeit about 15 years ago and I haven't been in trouble since. They say that you can't go on if you have a criminal record and I feel that I'm being discriminated against because I've paid for my crime. Do I have to keep paying for it or have I got a legal way to be accepted to the show? Society is always banging on about rehabilitation but they won't look past my past transgressions and stop the discrimination.
  2. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

    14 April 2014
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    Hi Brad,
    1. Which state/territory are you located in?
    2. If you were in jail over 15 years ago, you may apply to clear your criminal record using a spent convictions application in your state/territory.
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  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer
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    28 April 2014
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    No, you don't.
    Subject to the various anti-discrimination regimes, and employment law generally*
    it's their show and they can cast who they like.

    In any event, a spent conviction (even if it is available for your offence - no, don't tell us)
    does not mean you can say "no" when asked
    by an employer (or, say, as a condition of taking part in a game show...)

    "Have you ever been arrested for..."

    where this would be untrue.
    Their choice of language in that question is not an accident.

    * in some game shows, "contestants" are employed by the production company
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