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AFTER YEARS of organizing, activists in Seattle are celebrating a victory against bigotry. On June 10, the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted a law that will "ban the box"--referring to the box that job seekers must check on their initial application if they have been arrested or convicted of crimes...The Job Assistance Legislation will also make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire job applicants if the only reason is their criminal history--unless the employer can show a legitimate business reason. Employers are only allowed to do criminal background checks after they have initially screened applicants and excluded the unqualified.
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