A mistake you made resulted in white-collar crime charges. You still want to find a new job and take the next step in your career, but you may feel uncertain about how to navigate your criminal charges in interviews. For instance, what if the police only arrested you, but did not convict you?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains the part criminal records and arrests records play in a job search. Before meeting with employers, understand your rights, so you may increase your chances of securing a new job.
Proof of criminal conduct
Just because you have an arrest on your record does not mean you engaged in a criminal act. For that reason, employers do not have the right to refuse you a job offer solely because of the information on your arrest record. The same applies to suspending or firing employees and job applicants.
Engaging in criminal conduct
If you have a conviction record rather than an arrest record, it shows you engaged in a criminal act. Depending on the situation, having a criminal record may not automatically take a job applicant out of the running for an open position. The employer may want more information about an applicant before making a final decision.
Using arrest and criminal records
Some states have laws that limit how much companies may consider an applicant’s criminal and arrest records when making hiring decisions. For instance, employers could have to wait until later in the hiring process before asking candidates about their conviction records.
You deserve to know your rights while looking for employment with a white-collar crime on your record. Getting the facts helps you create a viable strategy.