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L.A. wants to delay when employers may ask about criminal histories

L.A. wants to delay when employers may ask about criminal histories

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to prohibit most employers in the city from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made.

State and local governments in California are already prevented from asking whether a person has ever been convicted of a crime until an initial offer of employment has been made.

President Obama announced in November that the federal government and its contractors would also stop asking about job applicants’ criminal histories in the preliminary stages of the interview process. 

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee voted...

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