It sounds fantastic: a homeless man, who can't get a job due to a record that comes up in background checks, finally gets a second chance with a lucrative employment offer:
The leap Simmons is trying to make — from shelter to six-figure, white-collar world — is almost unheard of in the social-services realm. His story was featured in The Seattle Times two Sundays ago under the headline: “Being homeless a struggle — even with a $100,000 job offer.”
It told how he was homeless for seven years after serving a one-year stint in prison — even though his conviction was overturned after the arresting King County officer was fired for lying. So while technically Simmons, 55, has no record, he has struggled to get jobs as the arrest still dogs him on the Internet and in background checks.
With ban-the-box legislation, maybe stories like this will become more common.