Reading will no longer ask applicants about criminal past

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 9, 2015 6:46 AM

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

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

Mayor Vaughn Spencer made the announcement. 

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 Readinb branch of the NAACP's criminal justice committee. He says  removing the question about criminal history from the application will give people a better opportunity to get an interview.

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