Nationwide, 36 states and over 150 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” so that employers consider a job candidate’s qualifications first — without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record. In addition, fourteen states have mandated the removal of conviction history questions from job applications for private employers — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

As I was applying for a radio station job in Washington state, I discovered Saga Communications was using an illegal job application that asked about…

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