St Louis drops felony question on job applications
ST. LOUIS - The city of St. Louis is no longer requiring job applicants to disclose felony convictions on their applications.
Mayor Francis Slay announced the change Tuesday that will eliminate a check box on applications that asks if the prospective employee has a felony conviction.
Slay says the change is aimed at giving those with a criminal record a fair chance at getting a job. He says the city will still screen candidates for felonies on a case-by-case basis. For example, he says a convicted embezzler would not be eligible to work around money.
Last year, the city dropped its policy of automatically disqualifying all job candidates with felonies on their record.