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Atlanta City Council Approves “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On Monday, October 6th the Atlanta City Council voted to approve a “ban the box” ordinance that gives applicants with criminal records a fair chance at a job with the city by allowing them to wait to answer questions about their criminal history until after they have been interviewed. Though the City of Atlanta removed the question from the employment application in January of last year, it was extremely important to formalize the City’s commitment to this fair hiring policy through legislation. Thank you to Councilmember Kwame Hall for sponsoring the ordinance and congrats to 9to5 Atlanta, Women on the Rise and all the people and organizations that worked so hard to make this happen!

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