This bill would prohibit the State of Alabama, its agencies, and its political subdivisions, as employers, from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s arrest or conviction history for consideration of a job until after the applicant has received a conditional job offer, except when a conviction is directly related to the position of employment sought.
We support this bill for providing Alabamians with convictions who have paid their debt to society from being discriminated against while seeking employment, and it reduces the disproportionate impact on people of color. It also allows for state employers to choose from a wider pool of applicants and to avoid claims of discrimination.
This bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 8-1, and it passed in the Senate on March 21, 2018. It moved to the House, but did not make it out of committee.
Bill to "ban the box" from state job applications gets favorable report in committee (Alabama Political Reporter)