City Removes Criminal History Checkbox from Job Applications

Applicants for jobs with the city of Lakeland no longer have to check a box indicating whether they have been convicted of a crime, Fox 13 News reports. It’s part of a nationwide movement aimed at giving applicants a “second chance,” city officials say. Criminal histories will be discovered through background checks, but not until after qualified applicants have been interviewed, allowing the hiring manager to determine the severity of the crime and extenuating circumstances. | News release | Facebook post and comments