Watches & Warnings Warnings

Should employers & landlords know your criminal history?

POSTED: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 7:29am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 8:26pm

San Francisco eyeing law prohibiting companies and landlords from applicant's criminal past.

The city of San Francisco could be the latest jurisdiction to withhold a potential employee or a potential renter's criminal record.

Other cities and states already enacted laws keeping employers and leasing companies from them, claiming it's a form of discrimination.

East Texans talk-back on the question to our news partner: KTBB and host: Garth Maier.

Comments News Comments

Yes, especially sex offenders. They should be require to tell landlords and employers.

No, it is extremely difficult for previous offenders to obtain housing and employment. Many apartment complex requirements prevent people without credit from renting and if a criminal background is included we will have more homeless residents. Most jobs include a criminal background check so that eliminates nearly everyone released from a state jail or penal facility.

It's more of a two edged sword. Ex-cons need the chance to reform and shutting doors in their face runs the chance of forcing them back into crime. At the same time, a majority of prisoners are repeat offenders and we should have the right as busines people and landlords to say no.

NO, ONCE SOMEONE HAS PAID THEIR DEBT FOR THE CRIME THEY COMMITED AS ORDERED BY THE COURTS, THEN NOBODY SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO HOLD THAT AGAINST THEM.

You bet if I am going to have a person in my business or building, I have every right to know about their past. The fact that a Ca. Judge said "no" does not surprise me.

J.M. Jeffries
Capt. USMC Ret.

Yes! But then again, my thinking is that could create a problem..............many, many people would not be getting a job. Crime is rampant and some do turn their lives around, if given the opportunity. Iffy, Iffy question, for sure. Anyone can find a criminal record on a person. Public Records is public info.

Post new Comment