LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A Democratic Michigan lawmaker is launching an effort to prevent employers from asking about a person’s criminal background on job applications.
Democratic Rep. Fred Durhal of Detroit introduced a bill this week to remove the question of previous felony convictions from job applications. He said the question unfairly puts people trying to turn their life around at a disadvantage.
“It’s no secret that many resumes with a checkmark in the box saying that, ‘yes, I have a felony conviction,’ end up being disregarded when, in fact, that person may be perfect for the job if they only had a chance to meet with a prospective employer and address their background in person,” he said in a written statement.
Durhal said the bill — which would apply to all employers and not just public employers — will give people a chance to explain their conviction in person during an interview…
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