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  • Employers and landlords should not be banned from asking about any criminal history

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  • Employees and landlords should be banned from asking about any criminal history

    9 17.65%
  • Only employers should be banned from asking about any criminal history

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  • Only landlords should be banned from asking about any criminal history

    1 1.96%
  • Employers should be allowed to ask about crimes are "significantly related"

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  • Landlords should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related"

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  • Both should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related"

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    Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a criminal record/past?


    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".For example a bank asking if the applicant if they been convicted of armed robbery, theft or embezzlement or a Daycare asking the applicant if they have been convicted of child molestation,rape or abuse.

    Landlords should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related".For example a landlord asking the applicant if they are a convicted sex offender or if they have been convicted of making meth.

    Both should be allowed to ask about crimes that are "significantly related.

    I do not know.


    San Francisco Considers Legal Protection for Criminals - FoxNews.com
    A legislative proposal in San Francisco seeks to make ex-cons and felons a protected class, along with existing categories of residents like African-Americans, people with disabilities and pregnant women. If passed by city supervisors, landlords and employers would be prohibited from asking applicants about their criminal past.

    Supporters say it's an effort to help former offenders get back on their feet, but critics call the concept a crime in itself.

    "My mother is an immigrant, my mother-in-law is a Jew and I'm a gay man. Those are all protected categories, but you're going to put a felon in there as a protected category? That's not right," said Andrew Long, a board member of the San Francisco Apartment Association.

    But ex-cons contend they're immediately disqualified by employers and landlords reluctant to trust anyone with a rap sheet.

    Read more: San Francisco Considers Legal Protection for Criminals - FoxNews.com

    I think limiting an employer or landlord to what questions they can ask is the best solution. This still allowed employers and landlords to weed out potential threats while at the same time preventing someone who was convicted of a unrelated offense from being discriminated against.
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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    If I am hiring someone, or renting an apartment out to them, I have the right to know if they have engaged in criminal activity. What would even qualify as an unrelated offence?
    Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    You can always lie about it.

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    They can always look it up online. Why even ask?

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    Landlords should mind they own. As long they getting paid why worry over it
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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    Because the last place I lived had a recent con in it and I pray I never go through such a hell again.

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    Well, here's sort of the issue. There are a lot of offenses which would not indicate that someone is in any way dangerous, and are still considered to be felonies. When people say "felon" they think of a violent criminal. But the reality is that someone caught with cocaine 30 years ago who's never touched drugs since can also be a felon under some circumstances.

    I find this hard to answer because I do think employers and landlord are entitled to know about significantly dangerous offenses, whether it's related or not, but "felonies" is way too broad considering some of the stuff that can earn you a felony conviction.

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    I think it depends on the nature of the offense and how long ago it was. If you're applying for a job at a bank, your potential employer certainly has the right to know if you've ever been convicted of embezzlement. If you're trying to get an apartment, I'm sure the landlord would like to know if you've ever been convicted of rape.

    But there are plenty of other things that they SHOULD be banned from asking about. If a 40-year-old got a DUI when they were 18, is it really necessary for a potential employer to know about it? IMO this is one of the problems with our legal system...a criminal record can haunt people for the rest of their lives and sometimes they are never really able to overcome it and start over.
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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    They can always look it up online. Why even ask?
    Where can you look it up online?

    Is there public access to police files?

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    Re: Should employers & landlords be prohibited from asking applicants if they have a

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I think it depends on the nature of the offense and how long ago it was. If you're applying for a job at a bank, your potential employer certainly has the right to know if you've ever been convicted of embezzlement. If you're trying to get an apartment, I'm sure the landlord would like to know if you've ever been convicted of rape.

    But there are plenty of other things that they SHOULD be banned from asking about. If a 40-year-old got a DUI when they were 18, is it really necessary for a potential employer to know about it? IMO this is one of the problems with our legal system...a criminal record can haunt people for the rest of their lives and sometimes they are never really able to overcome it and start over.
    I think if an applicant says exactly that, "I got a DUI 22 years ago", I don't think anybody would hold that against them.

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