Criminal Record and Employment

by philbalbo on June 11, 2012

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Guest employment law blog post based on US Law written by Phil Balbo, staff writer for Price Benowitz LLP. You can visit monster for more information about how to find a job with a criminal record. Please contact the dc criminal lawyers and Maryland criminal lawyers with Price Benowitz LLP for a free consultation.

Those who have been convicted of a crime, served time, and/or paid fees or restitution, may just be beginning to realize the societal repercussions of a criminal record. While it in the best interests of our communities, states, and economy to make sure that those with a criminal record may be productive and positive contributors to society, the fact is that a criminal record may make it more challenging to find employment. Add to this the fact that current national employment rates are high, and one understands the importance of consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to ensure that those with criminal records recognize precisely what employers may and may not ask relative to a record, are aware of possible issues of discrimination, receive assistance in having a record sealed if such is an option, and obtain guidance you towards a fresh start.

Employers may not automatically reject a certain pool of candidates from hire; to do so would be discriminatory, and strict laws govern hiring practice discrimination. If an employer wishes to reject a person because of a criminal record, they must justify their decision in a manner that is in accordance with anti-discrimination laws.

More employers than ever before are investigating a potential employees criminal background. Human resource departments may look for information relative to not only violent crimes, but to white collar crimes as well.  It is important to understand that your future employer must play by the rules when seeking information on potential employees. Not all criminal history must be revealed, some may be wiped from your record, and other history might not be reported.

Remember that you need not report arrests that did not result in a conviction, and any records that have been sealed may be kept confidential as well. A VA criminal defense attorney can explain other instances where you need not reveal legal dealings. For more information, please contact a member of the Price Benowitz, LLP legal team today. Price Benowitz, LLP represents clients in the DC region, and has helped convicted felons look towards their employment future with compassion and expert legal advice.

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