A convicted murderer just filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Whole Foods because they wouldn’t hire him. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A convicted murderer who spent twenty-three years in prison just filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Whole Foods for refusing to hire him as a delivery driver. Many states have laws that say that a company cannot fail to hire a person because of a criminal record unless the crime is related to the job. So you don’t have to hire a person who’s been convicted of embezzlement as your accountant. And in industries that require a person to be licensed like nursing, conviction of certain crimes may cause them to lose their license, which would disqualify them. And a history of violence can be considered disqualifying if the employer is worried about a violent propensity. But the law in many states says that a potential employer like Whole Foods shouldn’t just disqualify a person because of a conviction but instead should look at the candidate’s whole story.