Seattle residents believe in safe communities and giving people a fair shake. We know that when people with criminal records get jobs, it reduces crime. And yet some employers refuse to hire anyone with a criminal history — as a blanket rule, with no exceptions. Contrary to some reports, there is no state law that stops employers from asking applicants about convictions unrelated to the job.
Automatically screening out job applicants because of past mistakes is a bad policy for our community. It is time for that to end.