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Does Wendy’s Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update June 21, 2019
jobs for felons, compnay profile, Wendy's, restaurants, fast food

You might think a fast food chain is a sure thing, but does Wendy’s hire felons? That’s a great question and we wanted to find the answer.

Here are a few things we will also answer:

  • Is Wendy’s a good place to work?
  • Does Wendy’s hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Does Wendy’s do background checks?
  • How to get hired at Wendy’s with a felony?

In case you didn’t know, Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask about their hiring policy for former felons!

Something you also might not have known is that many of the employees here at Relaunch Pad are former felons? That’s why we’re so focused on assisting other former felons in finding jobs. We are able to use our insight to help make the whole job-finding process as easy as possible for you and other former offenders.

Dive in to see what we mean!

Does Wendy’s hire felons?

jobs for felons, compnay profile, Wendy's, restaurants, fast food

Official company policy for hiring felons

We are sad to say that we were unable to reach anyone at Wendy’s. We’ll continue to try and make contact, don’t worry. While we wait for a response, we’ve done our own research to bring you answers to the questions mentioned above and more!

We didn’t find anything that suggested they have a specific hiring policy for felons. But this is what we learned from looking at Wendy’s website:

“Wendy’s franchises are independent business owners with authority to make all employment decisions, including related to hiring.”

So, how do you get a job at Wendy’s with a felony? Well, let’s keep reading to see what we were able to uncover.

Has Wendy’s hired felons in the past?

When researching to see if Wendy’s has previously hired people with felonies, we found online responses saying both yes and no. This supports their statement that hiring decisions are made by the owner of each location.

So let’s continue to see how to get hired at Wendy’s with a felony!

Does Wendy’s hire people with misdemeanors?

We couldn’t find anything that spoke directly on this topic. The answer is likely the same as the above: It’s up to the owner at that location.

Is Wendy’s on the Ban the Box list?

As a former felon, it can be very discouraging having to answer questions about previous convictions on applications. The great news is there are now initiatives that are urging employers to remove them from job applications. This is the sole purpose of the Ban the Box campaign. In turn, it makes it a lot easier for former offenders to land a job — one based off their abilities and skills, not their criminal record.

Unfortunately, they don’t supports Ban the Box.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is the agreement made by companies that have volunteered to commit to fair hiring practices for everyone, including former felons.

Remember: Just because a company doesn’t support these initiatives, doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to hire a former felon.

Does Wendy’s have special programs for hiring felons?

No, they don’t. Wendy’s doesn’t offer these special programs

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does Wendy’s hire felons? Our research shows the odds of getting hired at Wendy’s with a felony are uncertain. We don’t have information from the company and found nothing concrete online. But we believe there is a chance for you to be hired, even with a felony conviction, because each location can decide for itself.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Wendy’s has several jobs to choose from. The qualifications weren’t made clear for management positions, but we know what it their main entry-level position asks for:

  • Crew Member — Part- and full-time hours. Duties include: Assisting customers, handling payments and register, preparing food, taking orders, stocking, and cleaning.

How to get hired at Wendy’s with a felony

Wendy’s is a company that is mostly made up of franchises. This means each location is owned by a different person. With this in mind, remember the requirements for employment may vary for each store.

That said, we’ve put together some of the most important things for you to focus on in order to show you how to get a job at Wendy’s with a felony. They are as follows:


We suggest you already have your resume ready when you apply. We provide resume tips and suggestions here to help you highlight all your skills and experience, so be sure you check this out!

As most companies do, Wendy’s requires you to create a profile on their website in order to fill out an application. Their application also will include assessments that will more than likely ask questions about previous experience and your character. Take your time when completing this section. These questions are looked at closely when deciding to hire you or not.

Another section is dedicated to the background check, so make sure you’re answering honestly!


When interviewing with Wendy’s, be mindful of your personality. In other words, make sure you’re friendly and upbeat. This line of work is mostly customer service, so your attitude and personality will have an impact on your interview.

This will also be the best time to make them aware of your criminal history. It gives you the opportunity to explain the circumstances around any conviction. Use this time to your advantage by asking questions of your own.

Does Wendy’s do background checks?

Yes, Wendy’s will do a background check.

Something to keep in mind regarding background checks:

Did you know that there are states that only look at an offense if it is less than seven years old? Yes, this is great news! Here is a list of those states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington

The following states see only guilty convictions:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

And unfortunately, there are states that will still look at everything. They are as follows:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Looking at Wendy’s reviews on, we found that they were rated with 3.1 out of 5 stars. This is actually a good score for a fast food joint!

You can expect to get discounts and promotions from within! If you can handle the long hours being on your feet, this seems to be a great environment to work in.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Since we all know Wendy’s is in the customer service business, if you have a violent or a sexual offense on your record, you may have a hard time getting hired here.

Each job will require you to handle money and credit cards, so theft or fraudulent use of a credit card charges might also make it difficult for you to land the job.

Does Wendy’s drug test?

We found very little proof that Wendy’s drug screens. This may vary for each location, so our best advice would be that you are prepared.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Do you have experience or know someone who has worked at Wendy’s with a felony? Did this article help you? Please let us know!

Kristin M
Reentry Educator

Kristin is a Reentry Educator for The Relaunch Pad. After serving 12 1/2 years in prison Kristin enjoys helping others overcome some of the obstacles she also faced after her release. She is an avid supporter of AIM ( Aid to Inmate Mothers) and in her spare time she enjoys making crafts and spending time with her dog Tydus.