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.
We support initiatives that help provide opportunities to everyone who wants—and deserves—a second chance.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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."
Uber is a proud supporter of Second Chance job fairs across the country. The company has participated in fairs hosted by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity and Dave's Killer Bread Foundation Second Chance Summits in various US cities.
Our company has also sponsored the A New Way of Life Annual Gala, supported the passage of LA’s Fair Chance Ordinance, and partnered with Californians for Safety and Justice to spread awareness of the importance of second chances.
Uber has joined advocates, a bipartisan slate of elected officials, and other corporations in discussions with multiple presidential administrations about how businesses can commit to criminal justice reform in their own companies.