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What is "Ban the Box"?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Last updated October 2015

Before the “Ban the Box” law, many job applications had a box you had to check if you had CORI. If you checked the box, many employers would not immediately decide not to hire you. You would not get a chance to show that could do the job.

The “Ban the Box” law gets rid of the box on the first application form. The law was passed to help people with CORI get jobs.

Now employers cannot ask you about your CORI on your first application form.

For more information about Ban the Box, read the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) fact sheet Criminal Offender Record Information Administrative Procedure Reforms.

If you know an employer who is breaking the Ban the Box law, call MCAD at (617) 994-6000.

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