Criminal Background Check Laws

Criminal Background Check Laws

Employment Decisions Based on Background Checks

Protecting Your Rights under New Mexico’s “Ban-the-Box” Laws

Over the past few years, it’s become commonplace for many employers to include a box on their employment applications, requiring those seeking jobs to check the box if they’ve been arrested or convicted of any crime. Often, those who check the box are immediately disqualified for consideration for employment.

As part of a national movement to provide more work opportunities for individuals who have made mistakes in their lives, New Mexico has adopted “ban-the-box” legislation. The new law prohibits employers from asking questions or making certain inquiries about prior criminal records at the time of the initial application. The legislation does not prevent employers from conducting criminal background checks, but postpones such actions until later in the hiring process.

If a potential employer has asked you about prior criminal history before extending an interview, or if you have been denied the opportunity to apply for a job and you believe it’s because the employer improperly obtained information about your prior criminal record, we can help.

At the offices of Buchanan Law, we have more than 20 years of experience handling a broad range of employment law issues. Though our primary offices are in Albuquerque, we can meet with you in person anywhere in New Mexico. Though attorney Deena Buchanan has successfully handled employment law matters in more than 20 states, the bulk of our practice is focused in New Mexico. We have a comprehensive understanding to the laws and courts in the Land of Opportunity, and we know how the judges here try employment law disputes. Deena Buchanan is a highly respected trial attorney with extensive experience litigating complex, high stakes claims. She’s renowned by clients, colleagues and judges for her poise and composure in any situation.

At Buchanan Law, we take an individualized approach to every case, taking the time to learn the unique aspects of your situation, so that we can tailor our counsel to get the outcome you seek. To learn if you qualify for a free initial consultation, call us at 505-900-3559 or contact our office online.

Employment Discrimination –Improper Background Checks

At Buchanan Law, we’ll aggressively protect your rights until you’ve had an opportunity for a job interview, as set forth in New Mexico law. If you have been denied a chance to interview for a job, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether the prospective employer violated New Mexico law. We will also help you seek relief when a potential employer improperly solicits information about a prior criminal record, either verbally or in writing.

Talk to an Experienced New Mexico Employment Disputes Attorney

Protect your rights under New Mexico’s new “ban-the-box” statute. Make certain prospective employers give you an opportunity to interview before conducting a criminal background check.

To determine whether you qualify for a free initial consultation, send us an e-mail or call us at 505-900-3559. We are available to meet with you outside of work hours, if necessary. All major credit cards are accepted.

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