Thursday, July 30, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – Glenn E. Martin, founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), issued the following statement in advance of his appearance at the White House demonstration on Thursday, July 30, to advocate for fair hiring practices through “ban the box.”
“When I was first released from prison, over 40 employers rejected me for entry level jobs in the labor market. For those few that made job offers, they quickly rescinded them upon realizing that I had a record. Far too many of the 65 million Americans in this country who have a criminal record on file have experienced similar discrimination. With the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on people of color, criminal record based discrimination serves as a surrogate for race based discrimination. At JustLeadershipUSA, we are committed to fighting for the expansion of labor market opportunities for qualified formerly incarcerated job seekers.
Today I stand with my fellow impacted leaders, advocates, civil rights leaders, and clergy to call for an executive order and presidential memo to lead the way on making our federal government a model employer.”