Your Privacy Rights - What Do I Have To Tell My Employer?
With respect to arrests, criminal convictions, and other types of involvement with the criminal justice system, state law varies widely on the type of information that must be disclosed to your employer, either when you are being hired for a position, or after you have already been hired. Some jobs may be directly related to certain types of criminal convictions, which may give your employers grounds to discipline you or terminate your employment, depending on state law and/or your employer’s internal policies. Likewise, if you hold a professional license that may be affected by an arrest or criminal conviction, then it is probably wise to tell your employer before any action is taken by the appropriate licensing agency. Finally, there is always the risk that your employer will independently discover information about you that you did not first disclose to your employer while working for him or her, or that you failed to disclose on your application. This situation, too, could result in your discipline or termination of employment, again, depending on your employer’s policies and/or the laws of your state.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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