Because the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear the case, the Milwaukee Public Schools must now offer a job and about $150,000 in back pay to a former janitor who was fired for not disclosing that he had injured a child with hot grease during a domestic incident.
But before it can do all of that, the school system must locate former janitor Mark Moore, who reportedly moved to Mississippi earlier this year but left no forwarding address.
Moore, 39, had worked for 12 years as an MPS janitor when he pleaded guilty in 1992 to injury by conduct regardless of life, a felony, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He had thrown hot grease at his girlfriend in a domestic dispute in 1988, missing her but hitting her 20-month-old daughter, who suffered second- and third-degree burns over 16 percent of her body.
Moore was sentenced to a 90-day jail term with work-release privileges and kept his job. But in 1995, after becoming a boiler attendant trainee, he was fired for failing to disclose his conviction on his application for that job.
In 1996, Moore again applied for a boiler attendant trainee job, this time disclosing the conviction. MPS rejected the application, citing his conviction, and Moore began a series of appeals.
The key decision, according to the newspaper, came from the state Labor and Industry Review Commission, which ruled in 1999 that MPS had discriminated against Moore in refusing to hire him on his second application. The commission concluded that Moore's crime did not substantially relate to the duties of a boiler attendant trainee, and it ordered MPS to hire him and give him back pay.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.