What information is available to employers when a background check is done?

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What information is available to employers when a background check is done?

Specifically, I’m wondering about case details. I was involved in a petty theft a few years ago. The case was never part of my criminal record. Will my employer be able to see exactly what I did? Ie, will

they be able to see that I was with a group of friends who were stealing but that the cops found nothing on me personally or will it just say general court terms?

Asked on January 19, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What the employer will see is whether a case was filed in which you were a defendant and the outcome or disposition of the case vis-a-vis you (e.g. case dismissed, acquited, or convicted). They do not get a copy of the transcript or evidence: only the top-level summary of what occured.

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