Is Amazon Hiring a Misdemeanor? (your complete guide)
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If you’re considering applying for a job at Amazon, but have a misdemeanor on your criminal file, you might be wondering: Does Amazon employ previous misdemeanors?
Well, that’s an important answer, which is why I’ll tell you if Amazon will hire misdemeanors, and if so, what types of misdemeanors will be accepted below!
Will Amazon hire employees who have committed misdemeanors in 2022?
Amazon will hire people with misdemeanors, but it depends on the type of misdemeanor and when it occurs. In addition, Amazon conducted a full background check from 7 years ago. If you have a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious type, you’re unlikely to be hired by Amazon in 2022.
Do you want to know the types of misdemeanors Amazon will and will not hire people on record for? If so, keep reading below to learn about them!
How many years can an Amazon background check go back?
The Amazon background check, which goes back seven years, is a full criminal background check that will review both misdemeanor and felony arrests and convictions.
Additionally, the Fair Credit Reporting Act states that employers cannot consider convictions older than seven years, so Amazon cannot legally use convictions older than seven years.
Amazon will notify you if you have been dismissed from a job offer due to a background check.
Also, Amazon will not disqualify someone as long as they are honest during the application and interview process.
What background check company does Amazon use?
Amazon reportedly uses Accurate Backgrounds as its primary third-party company for background checks, although it may not be the only company Amazon uses.
Additionally, the background check company will look at your criminal record for the past seven years, including any charges, arrests and convictions.
Additionally, a background check company may contact you if further information is required, or the company may notify you that it will conduct a credit score check.
How long does an Amazon background check take?
According to online sources, it can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days to complete a background check, but several factors can affect the wait time, such as:
- Do I need more information from you
- If the company Amazon uses is understaffed
- How busy is the company Amazon uses
- Does the company have a backlog of background checks to complete?
- Natural disasters or other events that could disrupt normal operations
- The job you are applying for, as higher-level jobs at Amazon require a more in-depth background check, which can take up to 4 weeks
Will Amazon hire people convicted of theft?
Given that Amazon is a retailer, Amazon is unlikely to hire someone with a misdemeanor record of theft, but some people online say they were hired on a theft charge.
Also, Amazon will review everyone on a case-by-case basis, and you may be hired by Amazon if the charges or convictions occurred 6 or 7 years ago.
However, you won’t be able to work in higher-level positions and will only be able to apply for and possibly take entry-level jobs for the company.
Does Amazon Hire People With Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges?
If you have a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, you are unlikely to be hired by Amazon, especially if you are convicted for security reasons.
However, if your charges are acquitted or dismissed, such as when the person makes false charges against you and it turns out to be false, you can try to defend your case.
Unfortunately, if you bring a domestic violence charge against you, Amazon management will still be hesitant to hire you unless you can convince them or have the skills they need.
Will Amazon hire people with drug misdemeanors?
Amazon will review each applicant on a case-by-case basis, which means a drug misdemeanor will not disqualify you from working with the company.
However, it depends on the drug charges, how long ago, whether you were clean and pass a drug test, and what type of drug was involved.
For example, if you get caught with marijuana, Amazon might ignore that instead of someone getting caught on a harder drug like heroin.
Do all misdemeanors show up in Amazon background checks?
Not all misdemeanors will show up in Amazon’s background checks, because Amazon only has access to information in public records.
For example, if you’re only subpoenaed for a minor misdemeanor and never made it through the court system, it won’t show up on an Amazon background check report.
If this applies to your situation, you can choose whether to self-report the incident, but if you don’t and Amazon finds out, it could result in your lost opportunity or termination.
Which misdemeanors are Amazon most likely to ignore?
Amazon may ignore the lowest-level misdemeanor, a Class C misdemeanor, and include the lowest-level crimes, such as:
- petty theft
- petty theft
- disorderly conduct
- public poisoning
- Various traffic violations
- Low-level drug offenses, including possession of paraphernalia
Also, misdemeanor classifications vary by state, and just because your misdemeanor is low-level doesn’t mean Amazon has to hire you.
The most serious misdemeanors, class A misdemeanors, are more likely to disqualify you from working with Amazon.
To learn more, you can also read our articles on Amazon’s hiring age, Amazon’s rehiring policy, and Amazon’s weekly payroll.
Amazon does hire misdemeanors in some cases, depending on the extent of the misdemeanor and what the specific charges are.
For example, Amazon might hire someone with a petty drug offense or petty theft that occurred 6 years ago, but not someone with a domestic violence charge for security reasons.