Asked in Employment Law for Alabama

Q: Criminal Background

Can an employer refuse to hire me if I did not disclose a conviction that was pardoned (Fully) but not expunged on my application?

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A: An employer in Alabama can fire or refuse to hire you for any reason, or no reason, so long as you are not being discriminated against as a member of a "protected class" under federal law. That would mean that the employer refused to hire you because of your race, age, ethnicity, gender, etc. Being a pardoned felon does not make you part of any protected class.

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