Mayor Backs Taking Criminal History Off Applications

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says she'll back legislation that would ban public employers from requiring applicants to disclose criminal records on an application. Similar efforts are known as "ban the box legislation," around the country.

"This is an important step to provide equal employment opportunities," says Mayor Stothert in a release issued Monday night.

"We are working hard in Omaha to assist at-risk youth and young adults with job training and placement. Many of these applicants want and deserve a second chance and have the potential to be good employees."

The City of Omaha currently does ask for an applicant's criminal background on job applications. The Mayor says they're not opposed to a change. The city only runs background checks when an applicant has been selected as a finalist.

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