Wyatt Employment Law Report


Should Your Company “Ban the Box”?

By Lexy Gross

There’s a question on most job applications that will make a candidate sigh in relief or disappointment, with no middle ground: “have you ever been convicted of any misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?”  If you check the “yes” box, you know there’s little chance you’ll get a call back, much less an interview.

Of course, there are variations of this question, but regardless of its form, it’s led to an outcry from activists to “ban the box.”  Former President Barack Obama explained in 2015 that Americans who have paid their debt to society should have better access to a second chance in their job search.  In 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin challenged private employers to ban the box on their job applications after he signed an executive order stopping the practice in state agency hiring.  Some state legislatures and jurisdictions Continue reading