Which companies don't do background checks?

How can I tell a company that I won't do a background check?

As others have said, your records can be erased. This would prevent a normal background check from seeing these past crimes in the first place and you wouldn't be forced to declare them. (A security clearance will be done, but that's a whole different can of worms.)

My advice is to explain out loud what happened. I did that for my crime.

When asked, include the dates, types, etc, then in the Notes section say something like "Was wrongly accused and got a bargain". Perhaps a little more professional sounding, but something a sane person would read as "not a real criminal". I mean, I probably did what I was blamed for, at least in part. I just write "Tried to go home drunk instead of driving, woke up in jail". That's all I remember

But it highlights you what's more important than in this market to be perfect , and if your previous beliefs are listed in the application, they cannot refuse you based on those beliefs. However, the opposite is true; If you don't list it on the application and then they find it in the background check, this is a reason not to hire you.

While chatting with the recruiter (whatever they are called) this came out positively and I believe the honesty has in some ways helped me achieve my current position.

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I found this cute wiki link that describes the legality of hiring discrimination based on applicant's status as a felon (I am a felon).

It looks like it's a current gray area. It is used by different (US) States and courts recognize as a type of person who is discriminated against, but there is no all-encompassing federal law that specifically states that this type of discrimination is illegal. This is news to me.

I stand by my advice because anecdotally it worked for me. I've found a number of other non-authoritative links on the same topic that agree with me - basically it will be much better to be honest and take control of the situation than if the employer finds it out on their own in a background check.


"If they have it in their application, they won't be able to hire you because of it." You can still choose not to hire you. They can tell from their customer base that it's a risk they don't want to take.

Steve Jessop

@vulpineblazeyt: If it's illegal not to hire you based on previous convictions, why are they allowed to access previous conviction information as part of a background check? Unconstitutional prevention? What possible effect could this information have other than (a) no effect at all; (b) Do you not hire you out of conviction? I am perfectly happy to accept that "the law is unenforceable and employers break it all the time, it's just impossible to prove" as an answer, if that's all it takes ...

Steve Jessop

In other words, it's a bit of a law on the books that forbids racial discrimination against employers, but then certain employers do a "race check" before hiring, which involves (among other things) checking your pedigree for evidence browse non-European descent and do not hire people who "fail" this test. What is the possible conclusion other than that they reject people based on the information they get in the check?


@Keltari I don't see how that contradicts what SteveJessop said. In addition, err you Find out about the importance of the wiki page, which is an unofficial list of Federal protection classes . States are free to enforce their own rules. Many states usually make it illegal Arrest records to use, which would mean that only the offense could be used in the case of OP; In some states, employers can Convictions well only then check , if they are relevant to the job.

Steve Jessop

@cpast: Well, to write my analogy, I have to accept vulpine's claim that it is illegal. And I ask why employers routinely get away with it. I see how at first glance this might seem like an assertion that vulpine's assertion is correct. However, Keltari's counterclaim would surely dispel the obvious absurdity: "You can do it because it is legal anywhere".