If I have received an offer letter from an employer but have pending felony charges for a non-violent theft that is unrelated to the job offers description, what are my rights?

The potential employer has asked me for documents from recent hearings regarding this case. What is and isn’t legal for this future employer to be asking? How will I know if I am being discriminated against?

Asked on September 11, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You're not being discriminated against because the law does not protect people from employment discrimination on the basis of criminal records or criminal proceedings they could decline to hire you for this reason, or else require any documentation in regards to it, so long as that documentation has not actually been sealed or restricted by the court.

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