For many years, Congress has tried to pass “ban-the-box” legislation to prevent employers from asking about criminal background until the person has had an opportunity to present his or her qualifications for the job. It would also prevent discrimination when applying for college and housing. The evidence is clear that, when “Have you ever been arrested?” is on the employment questionnaire, the ability to get ahead in life is stifled. Unfortunately, Congress hasn’t been successful in fully addressing this issue.

Published in Witt Law Group Blog