One small box on an application can all but eliminate opportunities for men and women seeking gainful employment, housing, or loans after serving out criminal sentences. That box is the space on an application that asks if the applicant has been convicted of a crime or incarcerated.
When John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, began his ministry in rapidly industrializing England, there was no labor movement in the way we understand it. But he preached to and cared for those working for low wages in very poor conditions: coal miners, oppressed workers and indentured servants, and invited his followers to do the same.
Wage theft sounds like something out of a history book. But believe it or not, it happens today, when workers are paid less than what the law requires. Unfortunately, it includes not being paid all your wages, being paid below minimum wage, being denied overtime when you should be paid for it, or not being paid at all for work you’ve performed.