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Waterloo commission wants criminal history questions on job applications barred

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Have you ever been convicted of a felony?  One local commission wants that question to not be allowed on job applications.

The Waterloo Commission on Human Rights is pushing the city council to pass an ordinance that would exclude employers from including questions about criminal history on those applications.  The commission says that this will ensure applicants get a fair chance at employment, eliminating disparities.

Even if the “ban-the-box” ordinance were to be passed, employers would still be allowed to perform background checks.  The ordinance would also apply to the private sector.

The council turned down similar proposals in 2012 and 2015.

Learn more about the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights by visiting their website.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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