Advocates want ‘Ban The Box’ measure enacted

April Fool’s Day protestors (Steve Majerus-Collins photo)
April Fool’s Day protestors (Steve Majerus-Collins photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Standing outside a West Hartford sandwich shop Friday, protesters called on employers to end what they called “the foolish and discriminatory” policy of excluding people with criminal histories from getting a job.

“It makes a lot of sense to open up the job pool” and give everyone a shot at getting hired, said Kennard Ray, the national director of strategic partnerships with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United.

Hartford resident Jose Colon, a single father of two, said he lost out on an assistant manager job at D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches after the company offered him the position then recanted once it ran a background check that merely confirmed the criminal record. Colon said he’d already told them about the record.

“My background just haunts me,” Colon said. “I can’t move forward in my life because of charges in my past.”

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One response to “Advocates want ‘Ban The Box’ measure enacted”

  1. EveT

    Employers have a right to know who they’re hiring. If an employer feels a candidate has all the right qualities and wants to hire them in spite of a criminal history, fine.
    There is no law that says people with criminal histories have to be “excluded from getting a job.” Perhaps what we need is better understanding on the part of employers, and better counseling for at-risk youth to avoid committing offenses in the first place.

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