Getting a job is hard, and it can be even harder if you have a criminal record. Many employers will do a background check before they hire you.
To know your rights and help you find and keep a job, you need to know what is on your criminal record. In some cases, you can truthfully answer "no" to a question about your criminal record.
This booklet talks about your criminal record and
From your criminal record, employers CAN find out about
They CANNOT find out about
No, but many do. Most private employers have a choice, but it depends on the job. You will have a criminal background check for these jobs:
nurse and nurse’s aide;
Tell the truth. If you lie when you apply for a job, you might be fired because you lied. Read the question carefully and answer only what the question is asking.
For example, if you are asked about felonies, you do not have to talk about misdemeanors. If you have to answer "yes" to a question about your history, you can write: "Yes. Will explain at interview." At the interview, you could explain why your record would not stop you from being a good employee. You might say what you learned from your mistake or that it happened many years ago.
Only the people who interview and make hiring decisions can see information about your record. After you are hired, your criminal record information should not be used against you or seen by other employees.
You might be able to get a Connecticut state charge or conviction removed from your record if
Erased means that the record will not show up on your criminal record or background check. You can tell employers that you do not have a criminal record. An employer cannot find out about any erased charges, arrests, or convictions.
Only some types of records can be erased, including those where
Records are usually erased automatically, but sometimes that does not happen. If your record was not erased, you should contact the court.
It might be easier to correct a mistake than to try to explain to an employer that your record is wrong. Here is how to correct a mistake:
The state police must give you a written answer within 60 days. You have the right to appeal the decision.
There are two types of pardons:
Yes. Your criminal record can keep you from getting certain jobs or licenses. The laws are very complicated. Employers are supposed to try to hire people who can do the job – even those who have a criminal record – but they don’t have to.
You need a license for some jobs. Your criminal record may keep you from getting certain licenses. A youthful offender record will not stop you from getting a license. If you are turned down for a license, you have the right to appeal.
If you believe you were not hired (or you were fired) because of your criminal record, ask if your record was the reason. If you are Black or Hispanic, you might have a discrimination case. You can file a complaint with:
You must file your complaint with CHRO within 180 days and with EEOC within 300 days. You can file without a lawyer.