City Council proposal dramatically changes state law on hiring
WRA sent a letter to the Seattle City Council voicing strong opposition to a
proposal that would limit the ability of employers to use
background checks with making hiring decisions. The employer must first make a
hiring offer and then do a criminal background check. At that time, the
employer is required to talk with the potential employee about the crime and
make a decision. This idea is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Proposed ordinance 117583 threatens the financial security and physical
safety of Seattle businesses, their customers, and their employees.
wants to find jobs for ex-convicts who go back into jail all the time. They
think that if they get a job, they won't continue their illegal activities.
That seems like a big leap to think a job will cure criminal
crime is theft, why would we want to hire this person? If the crime is violent,
could we even figure out how to work with an explosive type employee? If the
crime is drugs, is there proof that a job will change that behavior or will it
just fund the drug habit? If they steal cars for a living, will a job after
they get out of jail change their behavior or just give them cover until the
next theft opportunity presents itself? The city council may think they can
lower their jail costs or their other local social services costs with this
idea, but I think it would be a marginal change for them and a significant risk
for our businesses.
engineering is certainly a rampant activity in Seattle. Many people who live in
Seattle are proud of their extreme liberalism on a long list of issues. But
this one takes the cake.
suggest that if you have a store in the City of Seattle, you send a letter of
concern asking them to give up this idea. There is no proof it will help an
ex-convict not to re-offend. We have lots of proof in our stores of retail
crime, drug related violence, employees and customers being hurt and other
stories of crime problems. Tell them a story or two and ask them if they want
us to knowingly hire these people and risk harm to our other employees and
time to do this letter. You can see our letter by clicking here.