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Pathways for second chances

Should a criminal record prevent you from getting hired?

We believe the answer is no. More than 70 million Americans have criminal records, which can make it difficult for them to get hired and make a living. Uber is part of a growing movement of companies and policymakers committed to giving people a second chance.

THE CHALLENGE

How can we help create options for those who have paid their debt to society?

OUR CONTRIBUTION

Supporting programs that break the cycle of recidivism

We support initiatives that help provide opportunities to everyone who wants—and deserves—a second chance.

Uber has always omitted the box

Many employers have a check box on their job applications asking if a potential employee has a criminal record. Uber’s corporate job applications don’t. In fact, we encourage other companies to review their internal hiring practices to reduce biases and ensure fair chances within the workplace.

We also took the pledge to help

In 2016, we signed the White House Fair Chance Business Pledge, joining the Obama administration, along with more than 200 companies across the tech, retail, financial, and food and beverage industries, to eliminate barriers for those with criminal records.

Breaking down barriers

We took a cue from California voters, who passed Proposition 47 in 2014 to help some people with certain low-level, nonviolent crime convictions get back on their feet. Our driver screening criteria in California now narrows the offenses that would eliminate individuals otherwise qualified to partner with Uber. We’ve since expanded those driver screening criteria changes to Connecticut, Mississippi, and Rhode Island. We also contacted drivers in California previously disqualified under the old criteria to share the opportunity to update their records because of Proposition 47.

Stories

One mistake shouldn’t have to lead to a lifetime of punishment. At Uber, we’re committed to working within our communities to help provide opportunities to those who need them most. Whether it’s a reliable ride across town or the ability to pay bills at the end of the month, the same chances should exist for everyone. We’ve seen first-hand what opportunity can mean for someone and how it can change their lives for the better.

Mother, grandmother, advocate

Ingrid is a mother and grandmother. After going to prison for a nonviolent offense, she was granted early release and now actively helps formerly incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles get a fresh start. She also drives with Uber.

”I found it so easy to want to work, and since I have kids, I always have something to do with the kids … and I have the confidence of knowing that I can still provide.”

A modern entrepreneur

Darrington works as a real estate salesman and drives with Uber. He has provided thousands of rides and receives consistently high ratings from riders. It took years to get his real estate license after serving time in prison. But Darrington’s not alone. Across the US, millions struggle after paying their debt to society for past mistakes. Studies show that a past criminal conviction of any sort reduced the likelihood of a job offer by 50 percent.

"You should give people a second chance to prove themselves."