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D.C. Council Passes Ban-The-Box Bill

On July 14, 2014, the District of Columbia City Council passed the Ban-The-Box Bill, which prohibits employers from asking about criminal history until after an applicant is offered a job.  The bill gives ex-convicts a fair chance when applying for jobs and will help ex-convicts re-integrate into D.C. society after serving time in prison.  Instead of eliminating ex-criminal offenders during the interview process merely based on criminal history, employers are prohibited from asking questions concerning an applicant’s criminal history. Once an applicant is able to prove his or her qualifications, they have the chance to explain any run-ins with the law after employment.  The bill awaits signature by the Mayor.

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