I recently accepted a job offer via phone and email and started working the new job since last week. They emailed me to do a background check after I had work for them for a couple of days and said my job offer is contingent until a clear background check. Was it right for them to give me a job offer, have me start, and then state the offer is contingent after? I would have not accepted if I had known especially since I am still dealing with a misdemeanor.
Employers do this. I'm sorry it happened to you.
It's unethical to lead someone into quitting a job without a clear, non-contingent job offer or an upfront explanation of the contingencies.
Another game employers play, which still might be coming your way, is asking you to sign a non-compete agreement after you've quit your old job and started your new job. This, of course, leaves you in a vulnerable negotiating position.
18% of Americans are subject to non-competes.
More on that tactic here:
No, it is highly irregular to allow you to start prior to conducting the background check. Perhaps they were really desperate to get someone right away or perhaps they found out about your legal trouble after you started and as a result, are now asking for a background check. You should read your contract carefully and see if it mentions anything about the job being contingent on a background check. In any case, you should probably start looking for other opportunities just in case.
Give yourself the opportunity to defend yourself. After all, you've already started working there and your current situation may have no affect on your abilities to perform this new job.
Perhaps you could ask your employer
If anything happens to comes back on my background check, may I be informed of what it is and give any clarification on such information?
Maybe the background check they perform is only pertinent to more serious offenses and nothing comes back when all is said and done.