A mistake from the past shouldn’t become a life sentence to joblessness.
But every day across America, hardworking and highly qualified men and women who seek employment are instead finding their path blocked by hiring barriers because of an arrest or conviction from the past.
It’s part of the legacy of a criminal justice system that’s been out of whack for decades, to the point where more than 70 million Americans—nearly one in three U.S. adults—have a record.
But finally, we the American people are demanding reform. Because people—all people—deserve a fair chance to work.
Join Legal Action Center, NELP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and organizations from across the country today for a National Day of Action calling on President Obama to give people with records a fair chance to work at federal agencies and contractors.
SEND A TWEET URGING PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TAKE ACTION
It’s time for the U.S. to adopt a federal #FairChance hiring policy! Tell @POTUS to #BantheBox pic.twitter.com/73sQk8oixo
[email protected] can help open up employment opportunities for qualified job-seekers with records #BanTheBox #FairChance pic.twitter.com/73sQk8oixo
#FairChance reforms restore hope & opportunity to qualified job-seekers with an arrest or conviction record. @POTUS, it’s time to #BanTheBox
SIGN A LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL FAIR CHANCE HIRING
Tell him it’s time for the White House to lead the way in adopting fair-chance hiring practices — because people should be judged on their skills and qualifications, and not solely on a mistake from the past.
Did you know?
Seventeen states and more than 100 cities and counties have already adopted fair-chance hiring policies for people with records. So too have big companies such as Walmart, Home Depot, Target, and Koch Industries. If they can do it, why can’t our federal government?