Ban the Box Does...
- Require employers to remove questions about criminal convictions from their job applications.
- Prevent employers from asking about criminal convictions during your first job interview.
- Protect job applicants from having criminal background checks done before the first job interview.
- Prohibit employers from firing you or making any other employment decision based on a closed case that did not result in a criminal conviction.
Ban the Ban Does Not...
- Prevent employers from ever asking about your criminal record. The law only prohibits an employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal record on the application and during the first interview.
- Guarantee that a person with a criminal record will get the job.
- Award money or other damages to the person who filed the complaint. Companies that violate the law could be required to pay up to $2,000 for each violation, but those penalties must be paid to the City of Philadelphia.
- Protect applicants for jobs located outside Philadelphia.
- Apply to private companies with fewer than 10 employees in Philadelphia.
- Cover Criminal Justice Agencies, such as prisons, courts and police departments.
- Prevent an employer from doing anything that is specifically required by state or federal law.