Can application forms ask me about criminal arrests or convictions?
State law determines whether you have to admit your criminal record.
I ran with a bad crowd when I was a kid, and I have a couple of misdemeanor convictions for alcohol and drug offenses. I've long since cleaned up my act, but I'm concerned that my youthful indiscretions could torpedo my job search. I'm looking for a retail position, and many of the companies I'm interested in use a standard employment application form that includes a box you have to check if you have an arrest or conviction record. Can they refuse to consider me if I check the box?