Answering Questions From Employers About Criminal Records or Arrests

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January 1, 2005

It is not unusual for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to have been arrested for or convicted of crimes related to the violence. Additionally, proceedings related to protective orders can sometimes appear on criminal background checks, even if the protective order was issued on your behalf against your abuser or the perpetrator of an assault. When you are looking for a job, you may be asked about your arrest record or your criminal record.


This guide answers some common questions about laws that can protect you against discrimination and afford you privacy.


  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Workplace Equality and Economic Empowerment



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