When you apply for a job, employers can conduct a background check to see if you are suitable for the job. Employers go through this process to learn more about applicants and protect themselves. If an employee with a criminal history hurts others, the employer can be used.
If an employer wants to conduct a background check, they must do it equally to everyone. Verification cannot be done based on race, gender, and religion.
If an employer does not treat you equally, you can file a lawsuit within 180 days of the alleged violation with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. You need to fill out an employment complaint information form first.
The 5 types of background checks an employer can use:
- Checking references
- Verificationof social networks and internet
- Checkcriminal records
Employers often conduct reference checks to make sure the information on your resume or application is correct. For example, they can ask your former employer about the dates you were hired.
Some work areas may require drug testing, such as those that require driving or aviation. Illinois does not encourage or prohibit the use of drug tests, but if you are in a drug rehab program, employers can request this test.
Without however, they cannot make just because you belong to a certain group, such as race or religion. Employers may request that you take a drug and alcohol test after the job offer. You do not have to pay for this test.
Social media and internet verification
Employers can view your public social media posts to hear from you. Without however, they cannot request your password or any other related information to your account.
Criminal background check
Employers cannot ask you about your arrest records. They cannot use this information for hiring. Some employers are prevented from asking if you have been convicted of a crime. This applies to the following employers:
Private employers in Cook County and Chicago with fewer than 15 employees
Federal and state law also prevent employers from asking applicants about criminal records that have been expunged, closed, or subject to executive clemency or pardon.
However, there are exceptions. If you are applying for the following jobs, the employer can review your criminal conviction record, even if it has been closed:
- Armed security guards,
- Carnival workers
- Child care workers,
- Health workers,
- Local government workers,
- Private detectives, and
- School workers.