- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

READING, Pa. (AP) - The city of Reading will no longer ask job applicants if they have a criminal record.

The city joins Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Allegheny County in Pennsylvania in doing away with that section of its employment application.

The Reading Eagle (https://bit.ly/1AQu13X ) reports that Mayor Vaughn Spencer made the announcement Friday.

It’s part of a national initiative to delay disclosure until later in the hiring process to give applicants a chance to be judged at least initially on their qualifications instead of their past record of criminality.

The city can still conduct a background check.



James Young is chairman of the local NAACP’s criminal justice committee. He says that removing the question about criminal history from the application will give people a better opportunity to get an interview.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, https://www.readingeagle.com/

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