Ban-the-Box Ordinance is Recommended Again in Waterloo

Waterloo’s Commission on Human Rights is once again pitching to the city council an ordinance that would bar employers from asking questions about criminal histories on job applications – the so-called “ban the box,” approach to fair hiring practices.

The commission’s proposal, put together by Human Rights Commission Executive Director Abraham Funchess, would also apply to private employers in Waterloo.

Employers would still be allowed to conduct a criminal background check before extending a job offer.

Some members of the council, which has the last word on the matter, voiced support for it during a recent work session, but others say they want legal input.

Waterloo City Councils rejected similar ordinances  seven years ago and again four years ago.