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Generally, matters of public record will show up on a background check. Since a restraining order is a matter of public record (a court order), it will show up as having been issued against you.
There is no way to assess how this will be adjudicated by your potential employer. This is left to the discretion of your employer. They may require you to explain and realize that you are an asset to the community, or they may have concerns about your ability to fit in at the institution. Many times an employer will hear an employee out on why the order was issued and make an informed decision.
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I can understand why you are worried, this is scary situation.
The check does not tell anything other than an order was issued against you. An employer does not research the facts and will probably not even know why the restraining order was issued. Some employers will see this and want to know the rest of the story, others will not even care. How the employer deals with the information is left to its discretion. The good thing is that there are no criminal charges and there was no civil lawsuit associated with the order, your potential employer will be able to see this too.
Other than wait for the check to be done and then deal with it, there is not a lot that can be done. You can warn your employer before it comes back or deal with it as it comes up. Generally, I think this is something that you will want to handle very matter of factly if it comes up. You can take the approach that it is so not a big deal. Just be honest in fielding the questions from your employer.
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