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What if I have a charge?

How to use this guide

Being denied a job because of your background check can be discouraging. Understanding how employers interpret background checks may help you apply to positions that fit better. Read through the example scenarios below to see how you can interpret your results the same way as employers.

Interpreting your results

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) specifically mentions three criteria to consider when reviewing criminal records, known as the "nature/time/nature" test:

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More legal guidance on interpreting your results.

In other words:

  • How severe was the offense?

  • How much time has passed since the offense?

  • How relevant is the offense to the job?

Denied from a ride share job? Try grocery delivery.

Imagine you have a “Distracted Driving” charge, which usually refers to texting while driving. You may not be eligible to drive for a ride share company. However, you may qualify to drive for a grocery delivery company that has more leniency since their jobs don’t require driving with individuals.

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Denied from a grocery delivery job? Try applying to be a bike courier or a task runner.

Imagine you have a moving violation charge, like “Unsafe Operation of a Vehicle.” You may not be eligible for a grocery delivery job. However, you may qualify for roles that do not require driving, like a bike courier or a task runner that earns money by helping people with their everyday to-dos.

By inferring how your charges might be affecting your job opportunities, you can make better decisions regarding which jobs to apply for.


Our mission is to help people find work. We believe that every person has the right to be gainfully employed no matter what your background is. By rethinking how background checks are done, we're helping candidates find more jobs while reducing bias with employers.

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