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Missouri - St Louis Ban the Box

Effective January 1, 2021, the St. Louis Ban the Box ordinance prohibits employers in the City of St. Louis from:

  • Basing job hiring or promotion decisions on applicants’ criminal histories unless an employer can demonstrate their decision is based on all available information including the frequency, recentness, and severity of a criminal history and that the history is reasonably related to or bears upon the duties and responsibilities of the position;
  • Inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history until after it has been determined the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position, and only after they have been interviewed for the position, except such an inquiry may be made of all applicants in the final selection pool from which the position will be filled; and
  • Publishing job advertisements excluding applicants based on criminal history, include statements excluding applicants based on criminal history in application forms and other forms used in the hiring process, inquire into or require disclosures of criminal history on initial application forms and other forms used in the initial phase of the hiring process, or seek to obtain publicly available information concerning job applicants’ criminal history unless required to exclude applicants with certain criminal histories due to local, state, or federal law or regulation.

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