TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pittsburgh removes criminal history question from job applications

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 2:08 p.m.
 

Job seekers no longer have to confirm criminal convictions on employment applications with the city of Pittsburgh.

City Council passed legislation on Monday that removes a criminal history question from all job applications. The legislation also requires vendors who do business with the city to remove the question from their applications.

Councilman Ricky Burgess, who sponsored the legislation, said former convicts have been automatically disqualified from work in the past because they checked a box asking if they have been convicted of a crime. The bill, he said, now allows them to get past the first hiring phase. City officials can still ask criminal history questions during job interviews, allowing candidates to explain their circumstances.

Council debated the issue for at least three years before passing the bill unanimously.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. PixController of Murrysville honored by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania for camera trained on Pittsburgh eagle nest
  2. Rossi: Pirates must land Lester
  3. Fallowfield Township increases road crew
  4. Steelers hold high hopes for pass defense
  5. Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation
  6. Antiques appraiser shares expertise with Mon Valley crowd
  7. Fire causes Blairsville bar to collapse, flames spread to neighboring building
  8. Joe Greene only 2nd player in Steelers history to get number retired
  9. After years of lobbying, Big Ben has Steelers running the no-huddle
  10. Pirates notebook: Trade rumors for Red Sox pitcher Lester still swirling
  11. Steelers notebook: Brown calls Sanders’ comments about Roethlisberger ‘terrible’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.