On June 3rd, the D.C. Council voted 12 to 1 to preliminarily approve the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act, which would restrict an employer’s use of a job applicant’s criminal history. The bill would ban employers from screening applicants based on a criminal record, would allow employers to conduct a criminal background check only after an initial job offer is extended, and would prevent an employer from withdrawing a job offer unless there is a, “legitimate business reason,” which would have to be explained in writing upon the applicant’s request. Several committee members said they would seek further changes to the bill before a final vote on July 14th, but even the lone nay vote supported the “basic thrust,” of the legislation.
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