If I have a criminal record, does that mean that no one will hire me?

Not necessarily. Obviously, the lack of a criminal record is preferable. However, there are State and Federal laws regulating the employers’ evaluation and decision making process. This includes the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Some of the things the employer might consider are:

  • What was the crime and what is the seriousness or level of the offense?
  • When did it occur?
  • How many convictions has the individual had?
  • How many years have passed since the last offense?
  • Is there the perception of a serial criminal in the individual’s history?
  • Does the crime pertain in any way to the position that is being filled?
  • Does the position being filled work with at risk individuals, such as children or the elderly?
  • Was the applicant honest and revealing about their criminal history?