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FAIR CHANCE GUIDE for California Job Seekers

  • Can an employer legally ask about your criminal record?
  • What if your record is used against you in the hiring process?

A law called the "Fair Chance Act" forbids most employers in California with five or more employees from asking about your criminal record or running a background check on you before offering you a job. By answering the questions below, you can learn how the Fair Chance Act may protect you. This guide is a service of the California Civil Rights Department (CRD). Your inputs are anonymous.

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