Help! What If My Prospective Boss Finds Out That I’m a Former Sex Worker?

Mallory Ortberg is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat. 

Q. Background check: I just accepted a great job offer. The only problem is that it’s contingent on a background check. I used to be a sex worker. I fudged on my resume by saying that I was a “freelance artist.” Now that the company is going to do a background check, I am very worried about what they will find. My job history is not inaccurate—I did do art commissions...

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