End discrimination at the workplace: Ban the Box

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The Ban the Box Campaign challenges the stereotypes of people with conviction histories by asking employers to choose their best candidates based on job skills and qualifications, not past convictions.
Since 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has a conviction history, the impact of this discrimination is widespread and affects other aspects of life in addition to employment opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions (click below)

What is the Ban the Box Campaign?
Why does the campaign refer to discrimination against people with conviction histories as structural discrimination?
What do existing Ban the Box reforms look like?
What do Ban the Box reforms look like for non-profit organizations?
What specific steps can we take to insure that we don’t discriminate against people with conviction histories?
What other pro-active steps can we take to welcome people with records into our organization?
Can we take the Fair Chance Pledge before we have actually completed or implemented the steps recommended in the pledge?
Will Ban the Box reforms create liability problems for my organization?
What does the EEOC say about arrest and conviction records?
What if my organization serves vulnerable populations (youth, elderly, disabled people)? We are required by law to conduct background checks of employees, but want to be welcoming and inclusive in our policies.
What are the benefits of including people with past convictions among our staff, Board, and volunteers?
How does my organization take the pledge?