Some MI cities stop asking job seekers about criminal histories

Jul 11, 2016

Should someone who has served time for a criminal offense be obligated to tell a prospective employer about their criminal history...even if it doesn’t pertain to the job for which they're applying?

The city of Ferndale joins three other Michigan cities in removing the question about past felony convictions on its job application form.
Credit Courtesy City of Ferndale

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have decided to ‘ban the box,’ removing questions about criminal history from job applications.

Today, the city of Ferndale joins a growing list of Michigan cities adopting a ‘ban the box’ policy.  

Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks with several people involved in the effort to ban the box, including Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter and attorney Vince Colella.

First, we hear from Monica Jahner, a woman who’s struggled with checking the box.