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Expunged convictions set hidden trap for Illinois employers

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in Employment Background Check,Firing,Human Resources

Being convicted of a crime is bad enough, but having a criminal record can make punishment last years longer than a prison sentence by making it difficult to get a job.

Sure, records of state and federal convictions can be expunged under certain limited circumstances. But, as a federal court in Chicago recently held, potential problems getting a new job aren’t enough to warrant wiping clean the conviction slate.

By the same token, when an Illinois court expunges a conviction, an Illinois employer cannot use that conviction as a reason to deny a job to an otherwise qualified former offender. Doing so would be a civil rights violation. Employers need to understand how they may be affected if someone with an expunged criminal record applies for a job.

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