I Need a Dollar: Employment Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders in the United States

Adam and Bob walked into a well-known department store and applied for the same sales clerk position. They both had sales experience and excellent references. After their applications were reviewed, only Bob received an interview. The determining factor in Adam not being called back for an interview was one question on the application form – have you ever been convicted of a felony? Adam served several years in prison for car theft and other violations. Even though Adam had been out of prison for 10 years and was rehabilitated, by disclosing his felony conviction, he gave potential employers an excuse to ignore him for employment.