Felony convictions and employment applications

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Felony convictions and employment applications

I filled out a job application
and checked the felon box and
put the year and the city that
the felony was in and also put
will explain later in detail
they sent me this
Thank you for your interest in
employment opportunities with
, Inc. In your employment
application, you answered YES
to the question have you ever
been convicted of a crime.
Although you disclosed in your
application that you have been
convicted of a crime, the
information you provided
regarding your criminal history
is incomplete. Specifically,
one or more of the following is
missing the nature of the
crimes, the City, State, Zip
Code and County of the
convictions, when the
crimes occurred, your
subsequent rehabilitation and
all specific conviction
details. This information is
needed to evaluate your
application.
It seems kind of discriminating
because I didn’t tell them all
the info in the application
they wont even consider me
because of my felony can they
do that?

Asked on July 29, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You have to bear in mind that there is NO right to employment in our nation: employment is "employment at will," and employers have near-total discretion who to employ and who to not employ. Employers are allowed to look into and base decisions on criminal backgrounds or records; not providing the requested information is grounds to not consider your application.


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