‘Ban the box’ passes, city employment applications to change

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The full city council voted Thursday to approve the ‘Ban the Box‘ measure.

“KC has just Banned the Box! Thank you all for your support in this process,” councilman Jermaine Reed tweeted. “Leadership is about doing what’s right, not what’s easiest.”

Ex-felons, pastors and criminal justice experts have urged the City Council to ban  questions about criminal histories from the city’s employment application.

Because it passed, the “box” will now be removed.

“People with records face discrimination stigma and barriers every single day not just in employment but in housing education services and other areas of well,” Reed said.

But, Reed says banning the box won’t guarantee an offender a job. He says ban a box does not get rid of, but simply defers background checks until the final phase of the hiring process.

Currently, 42 cities in seven states have passed similar ‘ban the box’ measures.

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