Employer Uses Illegal Job Application and Ignores Ban The Box

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 criminal history. Their job application did not give me a fair chance to be considered for the position before I was disqualified. A few weeks later, I contacted the WA Attorney General’s Office to complain about Saga’s job application formally. This video tells the story of what happened.

Ban the Box: https://www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guid