After four years of grassroots organizing and building pressure, Governor Deal has finally signed the executive order that Bans the Box on state employee job applications. Remind our communities and elected officials that when formerly incarcerated people and our allies fight injustice, we can (and will) win!
On February 23, 2015, Govenor Nathan Deal issued an executive order to “ban the box” for our returning brothers and sisters with records.
This comes after years of work lead by Ms Marilynn Winn, Women on the Rise, 9to5 and most importantly by formerly incarcerated individuals.
Job seekers applying for work with the state of Georgia will no longer need to disclose prior criminal convictions on their initial applications.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order implementing a “ban the box” policy that outlaws a requirement for people with criminal histories to disclose that information on a job form.
“Such policies will allow returning citizens an opportunity to explain their unique circumstances in person to a potential employer,” read the order.
We are excited for this legislative change and will continue to fight for dignity and respect for all of us. Join us! For more information on Women on the Rise please contact Ms Marilynn Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org .