He was released after three years and his family moved to a new area to get a fresh start. Amir went to college and completed qualifications in IT and business, and then ran his own IT company from home carrying out repairs and delivering training. He continued to improve his skills and earned higher level certifications, with the aim to join a larger company. 12 years after leaving prison, Amir was offered a position in the training department of a large and prestigious accounting firm. When Amir disclosed his conviction, his line manager initially told him that his conviction wasn’t relevant but Amir never heard anything more from the employer. Amir reached out numerous times, asking for an update, but these were ignored. After three months Amir directly contacted the director of HR. She informed him that the company had a policy of not employing anyone with an unspent criminal record. She didn’t know why that was the case, and there was no written policy, nor did she know why Amir had been forced to wait so long. Amir never joined the company.
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