Do I Have to Tell my Employer I Was Arrested for DUI?

Under Tennessee DUI laws, you have no legal obligation to advise your employer that you were arrested for driving under the influence. It is considered a personal and private matter.

In certain circumstances, you may have a contractual obligation to advise your employer: pharmaceutical drug reps, commercial truck drivers, and those who have a company car or drive a company truck may have a duty to disclose a DUI arrest. If you are arrested and charged with DUI, read your employee handbook immediately and follow the guidelines. Usually there is a provision that covers disclosure of a DUI arrest. Failure to inform the employer of a DUI arrest when mandated to do so could be grounds for termination regardless of the ultimate outcome of your DUI charge.

If you have any unanswered questions, bring your employee handbook to your initial consultation with your DUI lawyer to discuss the situation.