St. Petersburg, Florida Will “Ban the Box” on City Employment Applications

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Barajas

bantheboxAs of January 1, 2015, St. Petersburg, Florida will “Ban the Box” on city employment applications, which removes the “box” from their employment application asking about an applicant’s criminal history.  St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman, stated “By removing that obstacle we give greater opportunities and I don’t think we do anything that’s harmful to the city, to the community.”  Background checks are permitted later in the hiring the process once finalists for the position are identified.


St. Petersburg joins a nation-wide movement to ban the box, including other Florida cities such as Tampa and Jacksonville, as well as 17 states that have similar laws.



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