Target Corp. plans to stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications at all of its U.S. stores.
According to a Huffington Post report, the company has been facing pressure to do so from TakeAction Minnesota, a grassroots advocacy group. Target still reserved the right to ask about criminal backgrounds after the completion of an applicant’s first interview.
“Target is an industry leader in developing a nuanced criminal background check process that gives qualified applicants with a criminal history a second chance while maintaining the safety of our guests, team members and protecting our property,” wrote Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder in an emailed statement to The Huffington Post.
This announcement comes shortly after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed “Ban the Box” legislation, which next year will make it illegal for the state’s employers to ask about an applicant’s criminal history until he or she has been selected for an interview, the article says. Ten states and more than 50 U.S. cities have passed similar “Ban the Box” legislation, according to the National Employment Law Project.
In addition, Target is looking to boost hiring of former convicts, and plans to donate $100,000 to the Minnesota-based Council on Crime and Justice, the article says.