BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Metro Council held a public hearing and vote Tuesday whether to remove the box on city-parish job applications that asks about an applicant's criminal history. With a vote of 10-2, the item passed.
The Fair Chance in Hiring Policy will remove the question on city-parish job applications related to criminal history. The city-parish would still perform background checks on potential applicants.
According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, "certain departments would be excluded from the policy for security and funding-related reasons, the city-parish says."
Supporters say this will help spur economic development by getting people back into the workforce.
The Business Report also says Councilman John Delgado is against the item, "saying the onus should be on the applicant to disclose their history before wasting their time and the time of a human resources employee in an interview for a position that a convicted criminal would have no business holding."
"The city-parish should not be a back-to-work program for convicted criminals," Delgado also told the Business Report.