The “Ban The Box” bill was signed Thursday by Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The “Ban the Box” bill will prevent employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. It bans a criminal checkbox that would normally be seen on applications. This is for private employers with more than 10 employees. The employers will have to wait until a job offer with conditions has been made before they can inquire about the applicants criminal history.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake believes this will cut down on the cities unemployment. Almost a month ago, the council voted 10 to 4 to move forward with the bill. Unemployment in the city has improved since last month; the numbers lowered slightly. Employers will not be required to hire someone with a criminal background but they will be a penalty if discrimination is involved.