Many employers find any type of criminal conviction (misdemeanor or felony) to be a major negative mark against hiring a person. For some jobs, such as those dealing with securities, money, banking, or other public funds, there may be a federal or state legal requirement that an employee may not have a criminal record.
For jobs without a specific legal requirement, an employer may have determined that a clean criminal record is a requirement for that particular job. It is legal for an employer to determine its own requirements for jobs as long as those requirements are enforced equally for all potential employees regardless of age, race, sex, nationality, religion, and disability.
Another issue that employers consider negative is having a poor credit report. Many employers feel that a person with poor credit may be tempted to steal from the employer. Again, this is a perfectly legal reason for not hiring someone as long as the employer equally enforces this requirement regardless of the potential employee’s age, race, sex, nationality, religion, disability, or any discrimination basis that has been defined by the EEOC and the state law.