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Some MI cities stop asking job seekers about criminal histories

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Courtesy City of Ferndale
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Should someone who has served time for a criminal offense be obligated to tell a prospective employer about their criminal history...even if it doesn’t pertain to the job for which they're applying?

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have decided to ‘ban the box,’ removing questions about criminal history from job applications.

Today, the city of Ferndale joins a growing list of Michigan cities adopting a ‘ban the box’ policy.  

Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks with several people involved in the effort to ban the box, including Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter and attorney Vince Colella.

First, we hear from Monica Jahner, a woman who’s struggled with checking the box. 

Brooke Allen served as local producer and host for Morning Edition, from June 2016-March 2018.
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