Wilmington City Council approves Ban the Box ordinance

Wilmington City Council approves Ban the Box ordinance
(Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council unanimously approved an ordinance in favor of fair hiring practices at its meeting Tuesday night.

Known as the Ban the Box resolution, it ensures people with criminal arrest or conviction records will not be unduly denied or discouraged from being employed by the city by removing the criminal conviction question from initial job applications.

Supporting documents for the resolution state that candidates for employment will not be asked about their criminal history, nor have a criminal background check conducted until a decision has been made to offer the candidate employment.

Some changes to the ordinance presented to council on Tuesday include:

  • clarifying the types of convictions that disqualify applicants
  • added seven-year lookback periods on misdemeanor assault, all sexual offenses, homicide and financial crime as automatic disqualifiers
  • added language to the ordinance allowing applicants to provide evidence of mitigation of any misdemeanor or felony (other than sexual) that has been fully disposed of four more than seven years to proceed in the application process

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