PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City Council today gave final approval to new restrictions on the questions employers can ask of job applicants about possible prior criminal records.
Advocates for ex-offenders, including Wayne Jacobs of Ex-Offenders for Community Empowerment, said finding a job can be still difficult many years after release, because they always have to check the box on job applications specifying that they have prior convictions.READ MORE: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days
“People who have been home maybe 10, 15, 20 years, they have to face the box,” said Jacobs. “And these people have shown that they are crime-free, and they are good citizens and they need to work.”
City Council approved a bill that prohibits employers from putting that box on job applications and from asking about ex-offender status during the first interview. Such questions are allowed during a follow-up interview.READ MORE: Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians Outside Of High School Football Game In Wilmington
The bill now goes to the mayor. A spokesman says he will sign the measure.
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