Finding a job is not easy. Finding a job if you have a criminal record is even more of a challenge, especially if your criminal record is incomplete. According to a report released recently by the National Employment Law Project, employers consider an FBI background check to be the gold standard, but the FBI's records often fail to tell the whole story. The arrest may be on file, but the dismissal of charges may not be.
An attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Newark, New Jersey, said employers may want to reconsider hiring policies that bar anyone with a criminal record from being hired. Another employment law attorney said that employers may want to rethink the use of credit reports when screening potential job applicants as well. The comments came about during a roundtable discussion in Hasbrouck Heights regarding employment law and compliance with Title VII legislation which bans workplace discrimination.