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I live in FL and was wondering if an employer can ask if I have ever been convicted of a crime on initial job application

Riverview, FL |
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I know some states limit criminal background questions on the initial application, is Florida one of them. I know Massachusetts is one state that bars this on initial and NJ only allows for the past 7 years. My current employer asked and I lied on it and said no, recently it was brought to their attention that I lied on it, but if the question was illegal then I'm hoping to get around it. Any help is apprecitated

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Your employer is allowed to ask about pasts arrests, charges, pleas and/or convictions. Furthermore, Florida is an at-will employment state, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason (so long as it is not unlawful) including falsification of your employment application. Good luck to you.

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As you just stated you lied on your application. That is a legitimate reason to fire you from employment.

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