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Ban the Box in Rochester: Give Everyone a Fair Opportunity to Compete for Jobs

May 20, 2014


One out of every four adults has an arrest or criminal record.  Approximately 70% of employers currently ask in their job application whether an applicant has been convicted of a crime.  If an applicant replies “yes,” regardless of their skills and qualifications, in most cases they will never be considered.  Such discrimination not only decreases economic opportunity and public safety, but also violates New York State law and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fair hiring recommendations.

Help the City of Rochester pass “The Opportunity to Compete Ordinance” to allow people with a conviction history to compete fairly for employment without compromising safety and security on the job.  This ordinance will increase fair hiring practices, reduce crime and recidivism, and allow all members of our community to meaningfully contribute to our local economy and achieve financial independence for themselves and their families.”

Be there tonight (5/20) at 6:30pm to Speak to the Rochester City Council as they finally vote on the Ban the Box measure!  Read the press release here.

Ban the Box Flyer


Testimony given by Empire Justice Center to the Rochester City Council

Proposed Opportunity to Compete Ordinance

Media: Better odds for ex-offenders City Newspaper, May 16, 2014

Media: Support grows for ‘Ban the Box’ law The Daily Record (subscription required), May 15, 2014

Media: Supporters Came Out in Support of a Proposed Ordinance to 'Ban the Box' in Rochester WXXI News, May 14, 2014

Media: Connections: Exploring "Ban The Box" WXXI News, May 14, 2014

Media: Dr. McMickle Speaks at Rochester City Hall Public Hearing 5.13.14 Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, May 14, 2014

Media: Rochester considers whether to 'ban the box' WHAM, May 14, 2014

Media: Ban the Box Public Hearing, May 13, 2014

Media: Should Criminal History Check Box Be on Job Applications? Time Warner Cable News, May 13, 2014

Media: "Ban the Box" Legislation Goes to Council, May 9, 2014

Media: Council passes 'Ban the Box' legislation The Baltimore Sun, April 28, 2014

Media: Thoughts on "Ban the Box" Issue Democrat & Chronicle, April 23, 2014

Media: Getting a foot in the door Democrat & Chronicle, April 23, 2014

Media: Potential impact of “Ban the box” Buffalo Law Journal, April 21, 2014

Media: Rochester considers ‘fairer’ employment law Daily Record, April 8, 2014

Media: Banning the box, for all the wrong reasons Democrat & Chronicle, April 6, 2014

Media: New Hiring Policies Could Be Coming to Rochester Time Warner Cable News, April 4, 2014

Media: Criminal history question could be banned in city Democrat & Chronicle, April 2, 2014