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How a criminal record might impact a job search

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If you have a criminal record, it could impact your ability to find employment. However, many cities throughout the state of New York limit an employer’s ability to learn about your criminal history. Furthermore, federal laws may provide additional protections that might increase your chances of obtaining a job despite being involved in a criminal matter.

When can employers conduct criminal background checks?

Companies in New York City that have more than four employees are not allowed to conduct criminal background checks until a conditional job offer is made. Employers in Rochester that have more than four employers can’t conduct these types of searches until after an initial interview. If you’re applying for a job in Buffalo, you may not have to worry about disclosing your criminal history on an application.

Companies can find information through other means

It may be possible for a firm to learn about your past even if it doesn’t perform a formal background check. For example, DMV records may reveal the presence of a past DUI conviction. Furthermore, an organization may be able to review your credit report prior to making a job offer. This report will indicate if you have been involved in a civil lawsuit within the past seven years.

Businesses may elect to avoid candidates with criminal records

It’s important to note that employers are generally allowed to consider an applicant’s criminal history when making employment decisions. For example, a firm that is looking to fill a limo driver position is generally within its rights to only consider applicants who haven’t been convicted of a DUI. It’s important to note that a plea deal in a case results in a conviction. Your criminal defense lawyer will likely inform you of that fact before you choose to accept or reject it.