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Unfortunately, that is not a legal basis to force an employer to separate someone. In fact, terminating someone simply based on their having a criminal record can be considered a form of discrimination. Feeling indirectly threatened is also not a basis for forcing an employer to separate someone.
The law relies on employers protecting their self-interests in these situations. If there were other evidence of violent intent by this person in the workplace, such as comments or attitudes displayed, then the employer could certainly choose to terminate on that basis but they still couldn't be forced to.
Your only option then would be to try and establish that the situation was sufficiently dangerous that any person would have left the work place, and then use that as a means of quitting and getting unemployment.
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