Employers and landlords should not be banned from asking about any criminal history
Employees and landlords should be banned from asking about any criminal history
Only employers should be banned from asking about any criminal history
Only landlords should be banned from asking about any criminal history
Employers should be allowed to ask about crimes are "significantly related"
Landlords should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related"
Both should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related"
I do not know.
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@OscarB63: I think we have slightly different understandings re the words "stupid mistake". IMO, a stupid mistake composes of an action that, had you thought it through logically, you would not have done. People do things without thinking them through- it happens to the best of us. Unfortunately, sometimes those things have serious consequences, such as major jail time. My belief is that once the state has punished them to the degree it considers necessary for them to, if not be sorry for their actions, at least think twice about the consequences before committing such a crime again. Public access to the criminal record allows people to see that stupid mistake, and immediately become biased against the person because of it. I believe that that is wrong- there should be no increase in rent, no change in trust or judgment, based off of a stupid mistake from years, if not decades in the past. If the person needs help getting a job, most people with internet access and the compassion to give up a little of their time to help a fellow human being can find a job opportunity, an application at least, for the person who needs a job. All I am saying is that people should not have access to the criminal records because it can cause them to become unfairly judgmental or critical, and if they must have access then they should take it upon themselves, not as a legal requirement but as a moral duty, to help that individual. Unfortunately, since most people aren't kind or compassionate towards others (in my experience), I think it preferable that the law should give individuals the right to keep that personal history personal, and that if they are banned from an establishment on that basis, it is the responsibility of the individual to decide to either go someplace else or change their mind and reveal their past.
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Myself, I'm going to give my attention to applicants who return permissions and other documentation promptly. If you choose not to return a permission form, you have chosen not to complete or delay your application process. This can and likely will result in someone else being assessed before you. As I need to have a home rented or a job filled sooner then later, they're likely to get it first, while you're likely to get a professional letter thanking you for your application, but the position has been filled/home has been rented.
To note Kandahar's point, in my example I would not have discriminated against you for any crime you may have committed. I would have discriminated against you for failing to give your criminal history at all. This wold be perfectly legal as I was never capable of identifying you as a member of any protected class to begin with, to then discriminate against you because of that protected class.
Last edited by Jerry; 07-27-11 at 04:52 PM.