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City of Philadelphia

Ban The Box

It is illegal in Philadelphia for employers to ask about criminal backgrounds during the job application process. The Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance (“Ban the Box”) helps ensure that employers initially make hiring and other employment decisions based on work qualifications, without considering a person’s criminal record. The law restricts when an employer can inquire about a person’s criminal history and how it can be used. Ban the Box helps to open doors to employment for the 1 in 3 Philadelphians with a criminal record, and reduces recidivism.

Changes to the Ban the Box Law

Learn about changes to the law that ensure more people with criminal records have a fair chance at employment. Amendments to the law go into effect on March 14, 2016.

Ban the Box At-A-Glance

Read a summary of the law and learn what employers can and cannot do with criminal records during the hiring processes and while you’re at work.

How to File a Complaint

If you believe an employer has violated the law, follow these steps to file a complaint.