Women truck driver with a felony

by Lisa Carroll
(Flagstaff, Arizona)

Recently I went to truck driving school and got my class A CDL. I went on to get all my endorsements. I have had a difficult time getting any of the "big" companies to hire me because I have a felony record. So I started looking into local companies and have had a lot of sucess.

Right now I'm driving a dump truck for a small company in my town and just applied for a job with a bigger company hauling fuel.( My felony did not disqualify me from getting my hazmat). There is a good chance I'll get the job driving a fuel truck and I'll be driving the dump truck on the side when the owner of the company is outta town.

I just want people to know not to give up no matter what. If driving a truck is what you want to do and you have a felony just keep trying someone will hire you. It may take a little more time than other drivers but if you don't give up a job will come through for you.

I also have a bachelors degree in nursing and am a registered Massage Therapist but lost my nursing license and can't get it back for a year. I just got plum burnt out on Massage Therapy so I ended up wanting to drive a truck. My family is supportive but ... in awe lol. Also I would like to say that felons should write their local congressman and let them know how difficult it is for us felons to get jobs. The more letters they get the more of a chance things will change for us.

I met with a women from the Inspector Attorney Generals office in D.C and she said they are working on taking the question, asking if one has a felony, off of initial job applications. This would be a step in the right direction for felons cuz we could at least then have an opportunity for an interview which would give us a chance to show them what were really made of which is hard working, dependable, honest people who just got caught making a big mistake at some point in time.

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Sep 22, 2013
by: lisa carroll

An update: almost two years ago I wrote a comment about not getting discouraged if you are a women with a felony and want to drive a truck. Since then I turned down the job offer hauling fuel and went a concrete company driving a redi mix truck. I've been working for this comapny ever since. Out of all the jobs I've had in my life this has been the one I've enjoyed tje most. I actually like going to work and work with a bunch of super good guys. Also since my last comment a law has passed in A rizona making it illegal to ask a job applicant on an application if they are a felon. Progress ! For those of you that have taken the time and effort to voice their opinions and experiences regarding discrimination against felons in the work place CONGRADULATIONS ! Your efforts are creating a positive change for us.

Feb 18, 2013
by: Anonymous

I am a female with felonies. I have two at the moment. One being Manufacturing/selling/delivering and forgery. I have always wanted to be a truck driver and I know I would be good at it. I had problems in my past and fell on hard times and had to do what I had to do to get by. From what I have read, with the M/S/D charge there is no chance of me being able to become a truck driver but yet someone with a DUI can. I am getting very discouraged. Is there anyway around this? I was wondering if getting bonded would allow me to be able to get hired on as a truck driver. Any advice is welcome. Even if it is just to tell me I am wasting my time. PLEASE HELP!!!
Email at MargaretMilnor@yahoo.com

Dec 14, 2012
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by: christian briggs

I am a felon trying to find a job as a truck driver. I really appreciate the motivation in your story. I was wondering what city and County you are able to find the jobs I am in Los Angeles, California, and any companies you could give me would help my email is Christianechobriggs@Gmail.com

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