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Allegations of discrimination highlight importance of ‘ban the box’

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A former St. Pete employee accused the city’s HR department of discrimination within its staffing office. Amber Pawlowski witnessed what she saw as uneven application of hiring practices based on arbitrary and discriminatory reasons. While Pawlowski’s diligent note-taking and observation may have indeed uncovered some unfair practices, the investigation that ensued is evidence that a newly implemented city policy is working. Under Mayor Rick Kriseman’s bidding, the city officially “banned the box” on employment applications. That means people with criminal…

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Koch Brothers latest to seize on ‘ban the box’ movement; is Tampa next?

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“Banning the Box” on job applications for companies who contract with the city of Tampa was a bridge too far for the City Council to consider back in February, but it’s good enough for the Koch Brothers and other major corporations. In February, the Council declined to pass a law that would have “banned the box” for city contractors. “Ban the box” refers to the nationwide movement that has spread over the past decade, where local governments have removed the…

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