Forsyth County in North Carolina Joins Ban the Box Movement with Fair Chance Employment Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On April 12, 2018, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina voted unanimously to join the “Ban the Box” movement by removing the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from county job applications effective immediately, according to a report by the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the Board passed the Ban the Box resolution in order to create a “fair chance employment policy to ensure that the hiring practices of the county do not unfairly deny employment to people with criminal conviction records, which are not job related.”

By adopting the Ban the Box policy and joining the national movement known as “Ban the Box,” Forsyth County will address the “fair chance employment policy” in the county’s employee handbook and on county job applications, Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts told the Winston-Salem Journal.

“The goal of Ban the Box is to encourage employers to consider a job applicant’s qualifications first – without the stigma of a conviction or arrest record,” said Lisa Sykes, project leader for All God’s Children Ministry Team, who proposed a resolution for a fair chance employment policy to the Board in March.

However, the Ban the Box policy will not apply to all county departments as the Sheriff’s Office will continue to ask questions about the criminal history of job applicants on applications “for law enforcement, detention center, and telecommunications positions,” the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

“Ban the Box” is a movement seeking to advance job opportunities for people with prior criminal convictions by eliminating any inquiry into the criminal history of candidates on job applications, specifically the check box that requires candidates to disclose their criminal history.

As of April 2018, more than 150 cities and counties have Ban the Box laws. Other cities and counties in North Carolina with Ban the Box laws are Asheville, Buncombe County, Carrboro, Charlotte, Cumberland County, Durham City, Durham County, Mecklenburg County, Spring Lake, Wake County, and Winston-Salem.

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