This post starts a new discussion on how criminal records can affect a person’s ability to gain employment in Oklahoma.

This is an important topic for many people looking for work today, as a large number of Americans have arrest records. And employers are increasingly doing background checks on everyone that applies for a job. But do you need to be worried about this if you have an arrest record?

In this blog series, we will cover the following topics:

The fact that so many people cannot find gainful employment because of a past criminal record has not gone unnoticed by major investigative journalism outfits.

A recent NY Times article noted how less than half of companies ran background checks in the 1990s.[1] Today, it is a rare exception when a company does not check criminal history of the person applying for the job.

And it’s not just private companies. State and federal governments run background checks on all applicants for government work. Therefore, it is critical that people understand their expungement rights, especially here in Oklahoma.

Stay tuned to learn more about what you can do to advance your career, shape your future, make more money, and take control of your destiny.

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Bibliography:

[1] Appelbaum, Binyamin.Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work New York Times, February 28, 2015. Retrieved 4/30/18 from: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/business/out-of-trouble-but-criminal-records-keep-men-out-of-work.html

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