People with Criminal Records

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.