The box is banned in Portland


It will be illegal to ask job applicants if they have a criminal history, starting in summer 2016.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

It will be illegal to ask job applicants if they have a criminal history in Portland, starting in summer 2016.

The Portland City Council voted to ban the box on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Mayor Charlie Hales, who introduced the plan, credited community leaders in the labor movement and with the Urban League of Portland for their “cry for justice” that brought the issue to the council’s attention.

Hales said he hoped the rules would help change employers’ minds and hearts, while also putting to rest labels such as “ex-cons” used to generalize the millions of Americans who’ve spent time in prison.

“People who’ve paid their debt in the criminal justice system shouldn’t have to carry that label,” Hales said.

(READ MORE: OregonLive.com)

The city’s version of the bill is an extension of a bill Gov. Kate Brown signed into law earlier this year.

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