Two major retailers fined for violations of “Ban the Box” law
Tags : Ban the Box
According to The Buffalo News, Big Lots and Marshalls have agreed to pay a combined $195K in fines for violating Buffalo’s “Ban the Box” ordinance by including criminal history inquiries on their job applications at their Buffalo stores.
The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claimed that both of the national chain stores used standard applications for all of their stores in the area.
As part of the settlement, the two chains have agreed to remove the criminal history inquiries from their applications in not only their Buffalo locations, but also from the applications the companies use throughout the entire state of New York.
Big Lots and Marshalls will pay $100,000 and $95,000 in fines respectively.
“Ban the Box” laws—such as the one in Buffalo and the hundreds of others in cities and counties throughout the country—prohibit employers from inquiring into the criminal history of applications on initial employment applications in hopes of eliminating barriers to employment, such as automatic disqualification from further consideration, for those who have past criminal convictions.
“Obtaining meaningful employment is often the most crucial step towards reducing the chances of recidivism among formerly incarcerated persons,” said Attorney General Schneiderman in a press release. “That is why my office is committed to breaking down barriers that impede rehabilitation, especially those that prevent fair access to employment.”
The full text of that press release can be found here.
For a comprehensive list of states, cities and counties that have enacted their own version of “Ban the Box” laws, you can visit the Resource Center of our website and see our Compliance Issue Analysis titled "Ban the Box."
Source: The Buffalo News, 1/20/2016
Everyone I have contacted at Certiphi has been a complete pleasure to work with. The Certiphi customer service rivals every other customer service I come in contact with. Everyone is always so professional, yet super nice! Thanks for all you do and keep up the amazing work and impeccable service that you provide!!!
Thank you so much! You have such an incredible reputation within our office; I think we would all say your customer service levels are continually at about 125%!
The response time has been very quick. The turnaround times are great. I love your systems and that I can go in and look at the process as its going.
It’s such a great customer service that you provide and I’m happy to tell that to anyone.
Working with Certiphi has been such a pleasure. Certiphi has taught me so much, not just about backgrounds but also the meaning of great business.