Job applicants applying for work in L.A. may not have to reveal their criminal past if a proposed ordinance passes. The L.A. City Council’s Economic Development Committee approved the measure on Sept. 27.
The Council’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee will consider approving the measure next. From there, the ordinance would go to the full City Council for consideration.
The measure pertains only to the initial stages of the recruitment process.
Known as “ban the box,” the ordinance requires employers to remove any check boxes from job applications that ask about an applicant’s criminal record.
L.A. Councilman and former Inglewood Councilman, Curren Price chairs the Economic Development Committee and authored a motion to approve the measure.
“For far too long, there has been discrimination in employment on the basis of criminal record,” he said, adding: “Today, we are sending a clear message that it is not morally right to be denied a job solely because of past mistakes.”
Provisions in the proposed ordinance require an employer to provide justification for rescinding a job offer after learning about an applicant’s criminal record. Employers that violate the law would face $500 to $2,000 in fines for each instance.
According to the National Institute of Justice, the likelihood of a job offer goes down 50 percent if an applicant has a criminal record.