Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) spoke out against a bill that came up in the Assembly Committee on Corrections today that would make it illegal for employers to inquire about an individual’s criminal record before offering a potential job.
Currently, employers have the ability to inquire on applications about job candidates’ arrest records for workplace safety reasons.
“I have some serious safety concerns with this legislation,” said Crouch. “Employers should have the right to know the criminal record of an applicant long before they offer them a position. This is just another example of the soft-on-crime initiatives we have seen this year. This whole legislative session feels as if it has been the “Year of the criminal.” We are closing prisons, sealing arrest records, pardoning domestic terrorists, doing away with mugshots and potentially pardoning all inmates at 55, what could possibly be next?”