Official company policy for hiring felons
We contacted Burger King directly to find out their policy for hiring former felons. Unfortunately, they didn’t respond.
So, we started doing some research to see what we could find out. We found an online Employee Handbook from a Burger King franchisee that was very helpful. It tells us Burger King is an Equal Opportunity Employment employer. Here’s the official statement:
“The Company is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, religious creed (includes all aspects of religious belief, observance, and practice, including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin (including language use restrictions), ancestry, physical and mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, denial of family and medical care leave, marital status, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex stereotype, transgender, age (40 and over), military and veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, registered partner status, and any other local, state, or federal protected basis. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited by the Company. Company policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee towards customers, vendors, contractors and persons working or visiting on the company’s premises.”
What does this mean for you? As an EEOC employer, Burger King cannot deny you employment simply because you have a criminal record. Instead, they have to be able to show that the nature of your offense would conflict with the position you’re applying for.
So, the short answer is yes, former felons can get a job here. In fact, sources online confirmed this as well.
Has Burger King hired felons in the past?
Yes. In the course of our research, several of our sources indicated Burger King has hired former felons in the past. Now, it’s important to remember many BK restaurants are franchise locations, so there’s no guarantee every store will be felon-friendly. The ultimate hiring decision lies with the owner of each franchise. But the important thing is the company itself doesn’t appear to have a policy that prohibits hiring former felons.
Does Burger King hire people with misdemeanors?
Yes. It’s highly likely a person with a misdemeanor could get hired here. Knowing former felons have been able to find work with BK, it’s a safe assumption people with misdemeanors can as well. Again, each location will make their own hiring decisions. However, since misdemeanor offenses are usually less severe than felonies, we believe you have a good chance of getting a job here.