Calls to help employ ex-convicts

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Community activists joined New Haven officials to support the Connecticut Fair Chance Employment Act Thursday.

The bill ensures employers first evaluate job applicants based on their skills, and would prohibit private employers from asking questions about a possible criminal background until after a condition job offer is made. It is something the city of New Haven does for city jobs.

Neighboring states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island have a ‘ban the box law,’ and major employers like Walmart, Home Depot, and Starbucks have chosen to do the same.

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