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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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