If your credit report shows no public records, deso that mean nothing will show up on your background check during a hiring process?

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If your credit report shows no public records, deso that mean nothing will show up on your background check during a hiring process?

When I was 16 I was let go from a national retailer for “discount abuse” and $60 was shown on a background check when I applied for a job when I was 17. I am now turning 20 and recently checked my credit report and nothing was shown under “public records”. Does this mean my juvenile record was cleared once I turned 18? I was not fined or arrested during the incident. I was just asked to leave and I never heard from Sears after that. I also tried calling them to pay off the fee to have my record cleared, but they told me there was nothing I can do about it.

Asked on October 26, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It could mean that, yes.  But I would not rely on the credit report.  A full background check may be a better thing for you to invest in.  But the easiest thing that you can do is to go to the court that the proceeding took place in and look up the matter.  See what the court records show and ask the court personnel (generally the clerk) what it all means.  Juvenile records in many states are supposed to be sealed as a matter of law once the child turns 18 but sometimes that does not happen.  I would double check all sources here just to be sure.  Good luck.


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