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Published: Tuesday, 10/29/2013

Commissioners vote 3-0 to OK 'Ban the Box' resolution


The Lucas County Commissioners today unanimously approved the "Ban the Box" issue, which eliminates asking about criminal record history on job applications.

The resolution enacted by the board of commissioners amended the county's employment policy which previously included a check box for job applicants who have misdemeanor or felony convictions.

The policy applies to the departments under the commissioners' authority, which includes Job and Family Services, Clerk of Courts, the Dog Warden's office, and Treasurer.

The county will continue to run criminal background checks of applicants who move past the initial application process.

The removal of the question in the county's job application process is in step with the national "ban the box" movement that believes questions involving criminal records are discriminatory.

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