Californians who have a criminal record have employment rights. For example, employers (with some exceptions) cannot ask job applicants about their arrest records. However, employers can ask about previous convictions, but only if such questions are business related and do not result in discrimination against a certain classification of people. Workers who are concerned about the effect of their criminal records on employment may seek to dismiss their previous convictions through the county in which the convictions occurred.
Check these fact sheets and resources for information about your rights and steps you can take to protect them. If you need further information or assistance, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.
Fact Sheets and Other Self-Help Tools
- Criminal Records and Employment printer-friendly version
- Discrimination and Harassment in Employment printer-friendly version
- Credit Reports and Background Checks printer-friendly version
- 12 Facts About Employment Law printer-friendly version
- City and County of San Francisco Clean Slate Program
- East Bay Community Law Center Clean Slate Program