Ban the Box

Last year, the D.C. Council passed the Returning Citizens Public Employment Inclusion Act, which prohibits city agencies from discriminating against job applicants who have finished serving criminal sentences when hiring for most city positions. Members of the “Ban the Box” coalition continue to push to expand employment opportunities for returning citizens by expanding these protections to private employers. In January, 2011, Councilmember Barry introduced the Human Rights for Ex-Offenders Amendment Act of 2011, which would amend the DC Human Rights Act to add persons with criminal records as a class protected from employment discrimination.  The EJC facilitated coalition efforts with Councilmember Barry to strengthen the bill.  The EJC and coalition partners continue to work with Councilmember Barry and the DC Council to pass legislation preventing discrimination against ex-offenders.

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“Ban the Box” – California Employers Are Cautioned When Using Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions

By now, California employers are probably aware of the “Ban the Box” movement sweeping the nation. Lawmakers and government agencies aim to provide applicants with a fair chance at employment by eliminating conviction history inquiries in background checks, interviews, and applications. Over 100 cities and...

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EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens

In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it's citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison.  The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act...

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A Life Sentence

btb On Monday, February 10, 2014, Councilmember Tommy Wells convened a hearing on the “Fair Criminal Records Screening Act of 2014”, otherwise known as the "Ban the Box bill". This landmark bill, introduced on January 7, 2014, would remove barriers to gainful employment for returning...

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