City of St. Louis stops asking job applicants about felony convictions

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the city will no longer ask certain job applicants whether they’ve been convicted of a felony, although certain jobs will still require a criminal background check. St. Louis, which employs 7,463 people, 6,514 of whom are full-time employees, joins a growing number of cities and states that have adopted the so-called “ban the box” policy of not requiring job applicants to disclose felony convictions.

Thirteen states, including Illinois, and nearly 70 cities and counties, including Kansas City and Columbia, have policies that either have removed the question about a job applicant’s conviction history or have delayed the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process.

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