Uber CEO Explains Why People with a Criminal Record Should Not be Barred from Employment Opportunities
Date:  10-27-2016

Co-founder of Uber also advocates for reclassifying nonviolent crimes as misdemeanors
Via The San Francisco Chronicle:

By all accounts, Derric Sampson is a model driver. He’s done 7,400 trips on Uber in 18 months and riders rate him 4.85 out of 5, above average. The only issue: He’s served time in prison. My friends are often taken aback when I tell them about Sampson. But people are released from prison because the state accepts they have repaid their debt to society and deserve a second chance. And if prisoners can’t find gainful employment, they’re much more likely to commit another crime, putting them back in prison.

However, it’s amazingly hard to find work if you are one of the 70 million-plus Americans with a criminal record because many companies ask about your history up front. And if you check “yes,” the application process ends before the interview has even started. That is why Uber supports “Ban the Box” and has removed this step from our hiring process.

But that’s just one of the many barriers people face when looking for work. Some 30 percent of jobs in the United States now require a license — from being a tour guide or real estate agent to hair braiding. And many of these licenses include some kind of criminal background check. Read more