Nearly every job you see posted on the Lithia Motors website includes this statement:
“We are an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. A criminal history background check and pre-employment drug screen will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.”
This statement indicates that your criminal record shouldn’t even come up until you’re a finalist for the job. That is when the “case-by-case” basis of considering a felony or misdemeanor record would come into play.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
A number of states don’t even consider information more than seven years old. This means that if your offense was six years ago, you’ll want to wait until next year to apply. If your felony conviction was seven or more years ago, these states won’t even look at them during a background check:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
If you were found not guilty, then the following states won’t even look at those cases during background checks:
- New York
In spite of progress made in some places, many states still look at your whole record, including any not guilty verdicts. Here are the states that will see everything:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
How does Lithia Motors stack up as a place to work? Glassdoor.com rates Lithia Motors a solid 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars based on 234 reviews. Among those, 62% would recommend working for Lithia Motors to a friend. People especially like the compensation and benefits they get (3.6 out of 5 stars) at Lithia Motors. Any complaints are mostly about management being too focused on the bottom line.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Lithia Motors hire felons? We believe they are open to it, but certain felonies might hurt your chances. Here are a few examples:
- Since these are car dealerships, if your conviction is related to auto theft, you’ll have a tough time getting hired.
- Cashier positions probably won’t work out if your felony record includes theft or other money-related charges.
- Social positions such as sales, receptionist and so on will be harder to get if your record is for any act of violence.
Keep in mind, though, that your felony record won’t come up in your initial application. It will only come up after the company has made you an offer, at which point they would run a background check.
Does Lithia Motors drug test?
As previously mentioned, Lithia Motors will conduct a pre-employment drug screening after making you a job offer and before your employment begins.
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